Iran invites India to probe Israeli car blast
Iran has sent an invitation to Indian investigators and security officials to visit Tehran to investigate the February 13 bomb attack.
New Delhi: Iran has sent an invitation to Indian investigators and security officials to visit Tehran to investigate the February 13 bomb attack on an Israeli diplomat`s car here.
Notably, India has urged Iran to provide passport details and other information about Houshang Afshar Irani, Syed Ali Mahdiansadr, Mohammadreza Abolghasemi and Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, who are the main accused in the case.
India has yet to respond to Iran’s invitation.
According to a report in an Indian daily, officials are taking Iran’s offer as a positive development which would enable them to evade wait for the reply of a Letter Rogatory (LR).
The Delhi Police are sending LRs as well as questionnaires seeking details about the investigations to Iran, Malaysia and Thailand. "The team would be able to know more about the conspiracy and people behind the blast. The exercise would be a part of collection of evidence," the daily quoted a senior officer as saying.
Earlier this month, India sent an arrest warrant for Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, arrested in connection with the botched-up bombing in Bangkok, to Malaysia requesting for his production before court to unravel the conspiracy behind the February 13 attack.
Malaysian authorities, however, are keen on sending Sedaghatzadeh to Bangkok as an extradition request from Thailand was received first and also the fact that he was a part of the botched-up plan in that country.
According to sources, the spate of attacks planned in New Delhi, Bangkok and Georgia was to take revenge on attacks on Iranian scientists since 2009. Four Iranian nuclear scientists have been killed in attacks since 2009.