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India to seek info about Headley-Rana's role in 26/11: Nikam

Source: PTI
December 16, 2009 17:40 IST
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Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam on Wednesday said that a Letters Rogatory shall be obtained from the special Mumbai court -- where the 26/11 terror attack trial is currently going on -- seeking information about Lashkar-e-Tayiba operatives David Headley and Tahawwur Rana and their involvement in the terror strike.

Letters Rogatory is 'a customary method of obtaining judicial assistance from abroad in the absence of a treaty or executive agreement between two countries', according to the United States State Department.

Headley and Rana were arrested from Chicago in early October by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for planning terror strikes in India and Denmark. It was later revealed that both Rana and Headley were aware of the LeT's plan to strike Mumbai and the latter even conducted a reconnaissance of likely target sites during his visit to India.

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao told a press conference today that at some stage, India would want to have access to both terror suspects.

"India attaches highest importance to the unraveling of the conspiracy involving Headley," said Rao.

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