NIA gets nod to book Headley, his handlers for 26/11
The National Investigation Agency is all set to charge David Coleman Headley, Pakistani-American ISI and LeT operative, and two ISI officers for the larger conspiracy of which the 26/11 Mumbai attack was a part. Rajesh Ahuja reports. Headley likes Indians, but hates India as nation | Charges | Videodelhi Updated: Dec 22, 2011 02:50 IST
"Headley and his handlers could execute only the Mumbai strike. But the larger conspiracy went beyond the 26/11 attack. We will charge sheet Headley and his handlers for the larger conspiracy," said a source.
The government has given sanction mandated under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) to the NIA in this regard.
The NIA is likely to charge Jammat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, Headley’s accomplice Tahawur Rana, LeT commander Zaki-ur Rahman Lakhvi, Al Qaeda commander Illiyas Kashmiri and LeT operatives and former Pakistani army officers Sajid Majid and Abdur Rehman alias Pasha. Al Qaeda operative Kashmiri was killed in a drone attack in the tribal areas of Pakistan in June this year.
Headley had also done a recce of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai and many other places.