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India will get access to Headley: Manmohan

world Updated: Apr 14, 2010 09:25 IST
Jayanth Jacob
Jayanth Jacob
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said that India will get access to David Coleman Headley, wanted for the Mumbai terror case, and currently under US custody.

“The President is aware of the legal position and we will get access to Headley,” Manmohan Singh told reporters at a press conference at the end of his four-day visit in Washington.

The issue of access to Headley, who is wanted for his role in scouting targets for the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008, figured prominently in the wide-ranging discussions Manmohan Singh had with President Obama on Sunday.

Subsequently, National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon discussed modalities and legal processes to enable getting access to Headley when he met his counterpart James Jones.

Headley, an American-Pakistani LeT operative, confessed to his role in plotting the 26/11 carnage in a plea bargain in a Chicago court last month to avoid death penalty.