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India finally granted access to Headley

Washington, June 5
India has been given access to David Coleman Headley, Pakistani-American LeT operative, who has confessed to his role in the Mumbai attacks, US National Security adviser James Jones said today.

“Yes, access (to Headley) has been given. This is an ongoing process and I don’t have any detailed information that will be helpful, except to say that it is in the hands of right professionals from both countries,” Jones said at his White House office.

However, Jones did not have detailed information about how and when a team of visiting Indian investigators was given access to Headley, who is being held in Chicago.

Asked if this access to Headley is going to be one-time affair or whether Indian investigating agencies would be given access multiple times, Jones said: “I don’t know, but the spirit of cooperation and respect for each other’s position is alive and well and we have taken the first step, we just have to wait and see whether there is any other request beyond this one”.

He said: “What we need is a network of countries that can operate in the same way with speed, with precision, with openness because there is not one country that is going to defeat terrorism, it is going to be many countries working together”.

His remarks follow visiting External Affairs Minister SM Krishna’s statement that investigations of this nature are very sensitive. The minister also did not say clearly if the National Investigation Agency (NIA) officers had interrogated Headley or not.

A team of NIA officers had arrived in Chicago early this week with the objective of interrogating Headley.

“Investigations of this kind are of a very delicate and sensitive nature. We cannot go on spelling out day to day updates. Right now the time is not appropriate,” Krishna said last evening.

“There is overwhelming evidence that Headley is a conspirator in the 26/11. India will use all the force at its command and will put forward the plea that we should have access to Headley,” he said, adding that New Delhi had been assured it would get access to Headley. — PTI





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