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FBI files fresh evidence against Rana, prosecutors seek time

US prosecutors have sought 58 days extension from November 19 to file indictment against Tahawwur Rana, accused of being part of a LeT terror plot in India, saying the FBI needs more time to diligently examine fresh evidence unearthed against him in recent raids.

world Updated: Nov 14, 2009 22:32 IST

US prosecutors have sought 58 days extension from November 19 to file indictment against Tahawwur Rana, accused of being part of a LeT terror plot in India, saying the FBI needs more time to diligently examine fresh evidence unearthed against him in recent raids.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation also submitted fresh set of evidence against Rana in a sealed envelope and requested the Chicago court not to unseal it.

A motion in this regard seeking time till January 14 to file the indictment against Rana was moved yesterday by US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald before Chief Judge James F Holderman in the US District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

The court is yet to pronounce its verdict on this issue.

Rana, who was arrested last month by the FBI for being part of a major plan by Pakistan-based LeT to carry out terror attacks in India and Denmark, is scheduled to be produced before a Chicago court on November 19 when his bail plea would come up for hearing.

Earlier on October 30, the same Court had granted the government's unopposed motion with respect to David Coleman Headley, extending the time in which the government must seek an indictment against him until January 1, 2010.

Headley, a school friend of Rana, was also arrested by the FBI on similar charges.