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'India can't quiz Headley, Rana in US'

US National Security Adviser James Jones said the US would be forthcoming with details of the case but cited legal limitations in allowing Indian investigators to quiz the two arrested operatives David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Rana.

world Updated: Nov 28, 2009 13:04 IST

The US, which foiled a major terror plot by LeT to target India, has said it would be forthcoming with details of the case but cited legal limitations in allowing Indian investigators to quiz the two arrested operatives David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Rana.

US National Security Adviser James Jones said President Barack Obama has shown personal interest in the Headley-Rana case and the matter was discussed during his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday last.

"It is something that the President and the Prime Minister discussed and both of them were very satisfied with the outcome of those discussions," Jones told in an interview in Washington when asked about the terror plot foiled by FBI last month by arresting Headley, a Pakistani-origin American national, and Rana, a Pakistan-born Canadian citizen.

He said Obama has given instructions to US authorities to share the information with India regarding Headley-Rana case, despite the limitation posed by the country's legal system.

"At the President's direction we have been very forthcoming with our Indian counterparts on sharing whatever information we have which might be of some assistance to (India)," Jones said, adding "as a result of the President's guidance, we are doing as much as we can legally, without jeopardising the process of the case."

He, however, said the US was unable to allow Indian investigators access to the arrested LeT operatives because certain aspects of the legal system here protect the rights of the accused.