Sessions judge GA Sanap on Monday directed the prosecution to reschedule the deposition of Lashkar-e-Taiba operative David Coleman Headley via video-conferencing to facilitate his cross examination in connection with the 26/11 terror attacks.
The advocate of Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, one of the 26/11 terror attack handlers who faces charges of conspiracy, informed the court that he will need four days to cross examine Headley. The court has asked the prosecution to arrange Headley’s deposition through video conferencing and inform the court about the schedule by February 25.
Headley was examined as a prosecution witness from February 8 to 13 by special public prosecutor Ujwal Nikam after he was declared approver in the case.
On the last day of the examination, assistant US attorney Sarah Streicker told the court that in case of further adjournment, they will have to reschedule the timings. She further said that they will have to seek formal permission from the court to set up an arrangement again.
The attorney also sought clarity on the number of days the defence advocate would take to cross examine the witness. The defence advocate informed the court on Monday that they will take four days to cross examine Headley.
During his deposition before the court Headley had claimed that he was motivated by LeT chief Hafiz Saeed’s speeches and had said that the top leadership of LeT was controlled by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
Headley had also told the court how he had conducted a recce at the behest of ISI officials major Sameer Ali and major Iqbal for the 26/11 terror attack. He also created a controversy of sorts when he had claimed that Ishrat Jahan, a girl from Mumbra who was killed in police action in Gujarat, was a LeT operative.