Disappointed over the acquittal of Tahawwur Hussain Rana by a US court of the 26/11 attack charge,India on Friday said it would proceed with its own investigations into the conspiracy case registered by the National Investigation Agency. The agency had accused David Coleman Headley,Rana,JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and six others including Ilyas Kashmiri for conspiring to carry out attacks in Mumbai and other parts of India.
The verdict came as a shock for India,which said it has sought the evidence produced before the US court by authorities and will file a chargesheet against Headley,Rana and others in an Indian court. However,NIA officials said a chargesheet would not serve any purpose as the agency is not hopeful of extraditing the two nor does it expect any support from Pakistan about the role of the accused based in that country. This will mean that no one will be standing trial in India and the case will lead no where.
The NIA recently sent a letter rogatory to Pakistan,asking authorities to probe the role of Kashmiri,Saeed,Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Major Iqbal among others. It is yet to get a response.
The government said evidence produced in the US court said Rana advised Headley on his assignment to scout targets in India. The Ministry of Home Affairs,in a statement,added,Rana advised Headley on how to obtain a visa for travel to India and they reviewed how Headley had done surveillance of targets attacked in Mumbai. Evidence was produced that Rana told Headley the 26/11 terrorists should receive Pakistans highest military honours posthumously.
We are… disappointed Rana was acquitted (of 26/11 charges)…. However,it must be remembered that Rana was tried in in accordance with US law. Criminal trials in the US are jury trials and there are special rules governing such jury trials, it said.
Oct 18,2009: FBI arrests Rana,resident of Chicago and David Headley accomplice
Oct 27,2009: FBI files affidavit in Chicago court,alleging LeT planned to use Rana and Headley to carry out terror attacks in India and Denmark
Jan 26,2010: Rana pleads not guilty
May 23,2011: Hearing in Rana case starts
May 24,2011: Headley testifies that ISI helped him lay groundwork for 26/11
June 7,2011: Prosecution screens a video of FBI interrogation of Rana in which he says ISI gives weapons to terrorists
June 10,2011: Rana held not guilty on charges of involvement in 26/11
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