The Mumbai Police on Thursday filed an application before the sessions court requesting that Pakistani-American LeT terrorist David Coleman Headley be tried alongside jailed fellow terror attack plotter Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal. The police also asked the court to write to the US Department of Justice to have Headley attend the Mumbai City Civil and Sessions Court through video-conference at the next date of Ansari’s trial.
According to the application filed by Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, the police stated that Headley “deserves to be tried together with Ansari” because they both are conspirators and abettors in the terror attack of November 26, 2008 in which 166 people were killed.
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The application was filed under Section 319 of the Criminal Procedure Code that empowers a court to proceed against a person against whom evidence has been unearthed and try him along with the original accused. India’s efforts to get Headley deported have been repeatedly thwarted by the US, where a District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division sentenced him to 35 years in prison in 2013.
Stating that Headley had conspired with the LeT, intentionally aided and abetted the organisation to wage war against India, Nikam also noted in the application that Headley had entered into a plea agreement with the US court to confess his crime.
Headley, the application said, is accused of video-graphing and doing a reconnaissance of targets in Mumbai for the LeT as well as identifying a safe landing spot for the 10 Pakistani terrorists on the night of the attack. He is also charged with providing instructions to the terrorists from the control room established by the LeT in Karachi.