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US investigators mum on Headley quizzing

A week after a team of Indian investigators landed in the US to question LeT operative David Headley, authorities in Chicago continue to remain silent on the interrogation of the Pakistani-American accused of involvement in the 26/11 Mumbai attack.

world Updated: Jun 08, 2010 13:39 IST

A week after a team of Indian investigators landed in the US to question LeT operative David Headley, authorities in Chicago continue to remain silent on the interrogation of the Pakistani-American accused of involvement in the 26/11 Mumbai attack.

US Attorney's Office spokesperson in Chicago, Randall Samborn declined to comment on the interrogation, saying only that, "I know the National Security Advisor Gen. James Jones has said that access to Headley has been given and the matter is in the hands of the relevant professionals from both governments."

An FBI spokesman said on Tuesday that the federal agency would "not be commenting at all" on details of the Headley questioning, citing security reasons.

He said since the 26/11 case involves Indian jurisdiction, "it would be highly inappropriate for us to make any comment" adding that if Indian authorities want to comment on the Headley access, they can.

Headley's lawyer John Theis was not available for comment. The National Investigation Agency team, headed by Loknath Behera, last week got access to Headley, who has pleaded guilty to conspiring in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and agreed to be questioned by foreign authorities under a plea bargain struck with the US government.

Jones had last week confirmed that, "Yes access (to Headley) has been given. We have fulfilled our commitment".

However, Jones did not spell out how and when the NIA team was given access.

"This is an ongoing process and I don't have any detailed information that will be helpful except to say that it is in the hands of right professionals from both countries," Jones had said.