The defence advocate in 26/11 terror attack case has sought that Tawahur Hussain Rana, the Pakistani-Canadian businessman, and Shazia Gilani, David Coleman Headley’s wife, be made accused in the case for aiding and abetting the Lashkar-e-Taiba operative.
Headley is scheduled to be cross examined through video-conferencing in connection with the terror attacks from March 22 to 25 by the advocate of Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, one of the handlers, before the sessions judge Govind A Sanap.
Relying on the deposition of Headley recorded by the court from February 8 to 13, advocate for Ansari, Wahab Khan, on Wednesday, moved an application pleading that Rana and Gilani too should be made accused in the case.
Wahab said Rana had helped Headley in his task of gathering intelligence and conducted a recce at the behest of ISI officials major Sameer Ali and major Iqbal before the 26/11 terror attacks. He said Gilani had intentionally suppressed information about Headley’s activities.
Headley, in his deposition, said that he had visited Mumbai on several occasion and was in touch with Rana. He had also stated that, on the instructions of his handlers and Rana, he opened an immigration and travel office, First World, owned by Rana.
The court is now scheduled to hear the application on Thursday.
It is alleged that Headley had played the role of key conspirator along with his other partner Pakistan-born businessman Rana. Rana was convicted US District Judge for providing material support to the Lashkar-e-Taiba but was acquitted from the charge of helping to plot the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai.