Can’t reveal what Headley told NIA on Ishrat: Shinde

With controversy raging over the statement of Mumbai 26/11 prime accused David Coleman Headley on Ishrat Jahan

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 17, 2013 1:14 am

With controversy raging over the statement of Mumbai 26/11 prime accused David Coleman Headley on Ishrat Jahan,Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has said due to “confidentiality clause with the US,” he cannot disclose the information given by Headley.

“Whatever Headley has said,it was before FBI. And we have an agreement between FBI and NIA. So,we cannot disclose it,” Shinde said. He said he is yet to see the NIA report on Ishrat.

The ministry had asked the NIA to clear the air over Headley’s reference of “Ishrat as terrorist”,following a request from Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh. The NIA has refrained from stating anything on Headley’s claim that he learnt about Ishrat from LeT commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi in 2005. His 117-page interrogation report however does not mention Ishrat.

Former Home secretary G K Pillai,under whose tenure Headley’s statement was recorded and the two affidavits in Ishrat Jahan case were filed,has said that he has not seen any mention of Ishrat in documents provided by the NIA after Headley’s interrogation.

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