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NIA to file chargesheet against Headley soon

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will soon file a charge sheet against Lashkar-e-Taiba operative David Headley, a mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

delhi Updated: Dec 01, 2011 20:38 IST

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will soon file a charge sheet against Lashkar-e-Taiba operative David Headley, a mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

"NIA will file the chargesheet against Headley soon," Union home secretary R K Singh told reporters in New Delhi.

Later, a top NIA official said the agency was in an advanced stage of filing the chargesheet incorporating all the evidence against Headley, the Pakistani-American who had made multiple visits to India before and after the 26/11 attacks.

"Probably, we will file the chargesheet next month," the NIA official said.

Officials said that along with Headley, his accomplice and Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Hussain Rana, who had helped Headley conduct the recce for the terrorists to carry out the attack, could also be named in the charge sheet.

Headley has entered into a plea bargain with the American authorities while Rana has been convicted by a US court for his involvement in planning to carry out terror attack in Denmark.

NIA is also likely to name a few Pakistanis, including the handlers of the ten terrorists who carried out the attack in Mumbai, in the chargesheet it was planning to file.

Former home secretary G K Pillai had recently questioned the motive behind the US entering into the plea bargain with Headley.

The Home Ministry's list of successes in last three years includes successful prosecution and conviction of 26/11 attacker Ajmal Kasab, approval for setting up of NATGRID, 2008 amendment to Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, establishment of National Investigation Agency, which filed chargesheet in 20 cases out of the 32 cases entrusted to it.

"Comprehensive security arrangements made for the Commonwealth Games held in October 2010 at New Delhi and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 held in Feb-Apr 2011 at various venues," the home secretary said.

He said India gained access to interrogate David Coleman Headley, who recced the 26/11 targets for the terrorists, and the NIA will file charge-sheet against Headley shortly.