Letters rogatory issued for quizzing Headley, Rana



Mumbai: Over a year after the NIA got access to 26/11 conspirator David Headley, a metropolitan court has issued letters rogatory to a US court requesting it to enable the Mumbai police to question him and his alleged accomplice Tahawwur Rana in the Mumbai attack case.

"The 37th metropolitan magistrate's court signed the letters rogatory (LR) on Monday that would be sent to a US court to examine Headley and Rana in connection with 26/11 case," Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy said.

Letters rogatory is a formal request by a court in one country to another seeking judicial assistance.

The LR will be sent through Home Ministry and Ministry of External Affairs, said another crime branch official, adding,

"We hope that the US court accepts the LR and permits us to interrogate Headley and Rana, which will enable us to know about the local links of the two here in Mumbai."

A team of NIA officials questioned Headley face-to-face for a week in June last year to elicit information about his role in Mumbai attacks, the wider conspiracy and those involved in the carnage.

However, to protect the confidentiality of investigations being carried out by both India and the US, the two countries did not to disclose the contents of the interviews.

PTI