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India may gain access to Headley, Rana

Source: PTI
November 29, 2009 18:52 IST
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India indicated the possibility of gaining access to terror suspects David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Rana, both arrested by FBI, once they are "indicted" by the US.

"We hope to have an access once both are indicted," Union Home Secretary G K Pillai told PTI when asked about Indian investigators' chances of getting access to the arrested

suspects, who planned a major terror plot to target the country at the behest of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba.

Pillai, who was speaking on the sidelines of a function, said the investigations into the terror duo's Indian trails would take another 3-4 weeks.

While Headley is a Pakistani-origin American national, Rana is a Pakistan-born Canadian citizen.

India is expected to get information about the plans and network of Headley and Rana next week when a high-level team of the Federal Bureau of Investigation visits New Delhi with "all details" of their probe.

National Security Adviser M K Narayanan had on Sunday said US President Barack Obama informed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that he was seized of the case related to Headley and Rana.

During their meeting on Tuesday, Obama and Singh discussed the issue with an assurance by the former to send a high-level FBI team to India within a week with "all details", Narayanan told journalists accompanying the Prime Minister on return home from his two-nation tour of US and Trinidad & Tobago.

The team is expected to give exhaustive details about the plans of Headley and Rana and their network in India.

"Let us see what information they share," Narayanan said.
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