Roles of Hafiz Saeed, Lakhvi not limited to Mumbai attack: NIA
National Investigation Agency today told a Delhi court that the complicity of Pakistan-based JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and other five terror suspects was not confined to the Mumbai terror attacks as they had conspired to plot such attacks in other parts of the country as well.india Updated: Jul 20, 2010 18:58 IST
National Investigation Agency on Tuesday told a Delhi court that the complicity of Pakistan-based JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and other five terror suspects was not confined to 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks as they had conspired to plot such attacks in other parts of the country as well.
The statement regarding alleged broader nefarious design of the terror masterminds was made by NIA prosecutor in response to a query as to why the probe agency was seeking issuance of non-bailable warrants when a Mumbai court has already issued NBWs against them in the terror attacks case.
"The present case has to be viewed in a larger perspective as the ambit of probe goes beyond the Mumbai attacks case," NIA's counsel said.
The prosecutor, however, did not elaborate saying it pertained to national security.
He cited a UN resolution of 1999 by which LeT operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Saeed have been branded as international terrorists.
The NBWs were a "condition precedent" for issuance of Red Corner Notices (RCN) against them, he said.
District and Sessions Judge S P Garg, who was provided with the case diary containing the statements of David Coleman Headley, recorded by NIA at Illinois in the US, is likely to take a decison tomorrow on it plea seeking issuance of NBW against Saeed, Lakhvi and four others including two Pakistani army officers.
Earlier, NIA withdrew its plea for NBW against Headley and Tahawwur Rana, who are now in the custody of the USA, saying the it was "untenable" in the changed circumstances.
"We want to withdraw the plea against Headley and Rana as one of them has been duly interrogated by us and they are in custody of the US with whom India has an extradition treaty," the prosecutor had said.
First Published: Jul 20, 2010 18:10 IST