Mumbai, Dec 10: David Headley who had surveyed targets in Mumbai that were attacked on 26/11 will for the first time be presented before an Indian court through video conferencing.
He is expected to be produced before a Mumbai court through video conferencing today at 6.30 PM. The court is likely to record his statement after he was made an accused in the case last month.
The Mumbai court is hearing a case pertaining to the 26/11 attack in which it is also trying another accused Abu Jundal alias Zabiuddin Ansari. Last month the court had taken strong exception to the fact that Headley despite playing such a major role had not been made an accused in the case.
On November 18th, he was formally made an accused in the case.
Headley would continue to depose in this case through video conferencing. He cannot be extradited to India or tried in person. His in-absentia trial is a result of a plea bargain arrangement that he made with the US authorities at the time of his arrest.
As per the agreement, Headley cannot be awarded a death penalty. The agreement also makes it clear that he cannot be deported to either India or Denmark, the two countries where there are cases against him.
Headley had played a crucial role in the 26/11 attack. He had visited Mumbai more than once and carried out a reconnaissance of various targets. It was the inputs that he had provided which was used by the Lashkar-e-Tayiba which sent in ten terrorists to stage the deadly 26/11 attack.