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India pursuing its case for access to Headley: PC

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today said the Indian government was pursuing its case for having an access to American terror suspect David Headley, who is being tried in the US. Headley is believed to have stayed at the Osho Ashram, located near the blast site -- German Bakery -- during his visit to the city. See pics of blast site | Map |No intelligence lapse in Pune blast: Chidambaram

india Updated: Feb 14, 2010 13:45 IST

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Sunday said the Indian government was pursuing its case for having an access to American terror suspect David Headley, who is being tried in the US.

"We want an access to Headley for interrogation," Chidambaram said addressing a press conference after visiting the site of last night's blast in Pune.

However, there are legal difficulties in the matter, he said adding that the matter was being pursued by the government.

Headley is believed to have stayed at the Osho Ashram, located near the blast site -- German Bakery -- during his visit to the city.

To a query, the Home Minister noted that Headley had visited India prior to 26/11 attacks and said that there was always a scope for improvement in intelligence-gathering.

On the trial of sole surviving 26/11 gunman Ajmal Kasab, Chidambaram said it was on a "fast track" and the recording of prosecution evidence was complete.

"He is the sole surviving terrorist of 26/11 attack and it enhances our dignity that he is being given a fair trial in a court of law".

It is a "model trial" and "we must allow" the judge to pronounce his order, Chidambaram said.