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Mumbai police to seek info about Headley from US

Last updated on: December 16, 2009 21:04 IST

In a fresh turn in the Mumbai terror attack case, the city police will approach the trial court seeking a letter rogatory to obtain evidence from a US court about alleged involvement of David Headley and Tahawwur Rana in the 26/11 attacks.

"We shall soon move this court for a letter rogatory (request) to a US court seeking information about the alleged involvement of Headley and Rana in the 26/11 attacks," prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told Judge M L Tahaliyani after closing the case of the prosecution.

This is first reaction of the prosecution on alleged involvement of Headley and Rana in the November 26 terror attacks.
It appeared from the chargesheet filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the US court that Headley and Rana were involved in the module of filming targets, Nikam said,  adding accused Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed, facing trial in a court, where involved in preparing maps of targets.

He said the LeT had adopted different set of modules for collecting information about the topography of places targeted for the terror attacks.

Nikam said one module was given the task of filming the targets while the other was asked to draw maps of places sought to be attacked. Ansari and Ahmed, both Indians, are facing trial with Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone captured terrorist of Mumbai attack, for allegedly participating in the 26/11 conspiracy by handing over maps to LeT.

Headley and Rana also appear to be involved in the conspiracy for their alleged role in filming targets and showing them to the terrorists at a military camp in Pakistan before the November 26 attacks, Nikam told PTI.

Nikam said that based on evidence obtained from the US court about the alleged involvement of Headley and Rana, the authorities may seek extradition of the duo. However, this may take some time and this move would not affect the trial here in a special court as it came to an end today.

If Headley and Rana are extradited they would be tried separately in the court here, Nikam said.

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