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Narayanan's U-turn: Serious about extraditing Headley

india Updated: Sep 04, 2011 20:44 IST
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Amid a US cable leaks controversy on extradition of LeT operative David Headley, former national security advisor and West Bengal governor MK Narayanan today said the country was serious in getting him extradited.

"There is no question about the fact that we are serious about his extradition. We are interested about information about him," Narayanan told reporters in Chennai in response to leaked US communication on whistleblower Wikileaks.

According to Wikileaks, in a cable to the US state department on December 17, 2009, then US ambassador to India Timothy J Roemer had said Narayanan had told him on the issue of Headley's extradition that it was "difficult not to be seen making the effort," but that the government was not seeking extradition "at this time."

The former NSA declined to comment on the communication between US officials and said any questions and doubts on this issue should be addressed to the US officials.

Asked about the cable quoting him as saying that India's demand for Headley's extradition was "just political posturing," Narayanan said neither he nor anyone else could believe that there was such a possibility.

The former IB chief insisted that US officials should be asked as to what made them write so and reiterated India's "right intentions" to bring Headley to India while holding that what the Americans write is "up to them."

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