New Delhi, Feb.23 (ANI): Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) chief Robert Mueller met with senior Indian Government officials here today, and is believed to have shared information about the probe related to Pakistan-born American terror suspect David Coleman Headley links to the planning of the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai.
American embassy sources confirmed the visit of the FBI chief, but refused to divulge details.
Mueller's visit to the Indian capital also assumes significance, as it is taking place just two days before the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan lead their respective sides in day-long talks, which are expected primarily focus on the issue of terrorism emanating from Pakistan soil and what Islamabad intends to do to end the menace that has claimed innocent Indian lives over several years.
New Delhi has consistently maintained that Washington needs to thorougly probe Headley's network in India and also establish his links with the Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
Information provided by the FBI has so far revealed that Headley operated a visa agency in Mumbai for almost two years until July 2008 and had travelled to India on business visas nine times between 2006 and 2009.
With a Chicago court giving the FBI a 60-day deadline to complete its investigations in the Headley case and file an indictment, the FBI wants to move fast in the case.
Headley and Canadian citizen of Pakistani origin Tahawwur Hussain Rana are being held on charges of plotting attacks in India at the behest of the LeT.
Intelligence shared by the FBI following the interrogation of Headley revealed that two of India's most prestigious boarding schools - Doon in Dehradun and Woodstock in Mussoorie - and the National Defence College in New Delhi were supposed targets of the LeT.
A team of intelligence officials from the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and the Intelligence Bureau had flown into Washington November 1 last year to question Headley about his link to masterminds of the LeT and whether he attended any of the training camps the 10 Pakistan-based terrorists went through for the 26/11 attack.
Objections from Headley's lawyer, however, stopped the interrogation from proceeding. (ANI)