India seeks evidence from Pak against Headley

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New Delhi, Feb 8 (PTI) After Pakistan refused permissionto NIA to conduct probe in that country, the agency is nowplanning to send a judicial request to get corroborativeevidence on the information given by LeT operative DavidHeadley during his questioning by NIA sleuths in US prison.

After nearly one year of his questioning in the US, theNIA now needs details of his assets, bank accounts and hisassociates in Pakistan to corroborate Headley''s statement.

These details may be available with the neighbouring countrywhich is also probing the case.

The NIA has taken approval of the Centre to send aLetters Rogatory (LR) through the Mumbai court to Pakistanseeking transfer of evidence in connection with its case hereagainst Headley and his Canadian Associate Tahawwur HussainRana who are accused of helping terrorists during 26/11 Mumbaiterror attacks, official sources said.

A Letters Rogatory is a formal request to a foreign courtfor judicial assistance.

The details regarding LR have been finalised andsubmitted to a Mumbai court which will forward it to theconcerned Pakistani court, they said.

The transfer of evidence by Pakistan will help the NIAin framing charges against the duo who are in custody of theUnited States, they said.

This process of seeking evidence through LR isindependent of a number of dossiers sent by the Home Ministryseeking help of Pakistan in the probe.

The NIA had filed the case against Headley alias DawoodGilani, Rana and others for entering into a criminalconspiracy with members of LeT and HUJI to commit terroristacts in Mumbai in the year 2008.

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