Mumbai, March 23: David Headley who has turned approver before a Mumbai court made every attempt to de-link his friend Tahawwur Rana from the 26/11 case. If the statements by Headley are considered by the court, then it would make it extremely difficult for the NIA to question Rana leave alone seek his extradition from the US.
Headley who completed testifying before the court is currently being cross-examined by the advocate of Abu Jundal alias Zabiuddin Ansari who is the alleged Hindi tutor of the ten terrorists who staged the 26/11 attack. Headley was asked about his association with Rana during the cross examination.
Headley on being questioned about Rana a native of Pakistan operated an immigration business in Chicago. He said that Rana was aware of his association with the Lashkar-e-Tayiba. Headley was however quick to add that Rana had objected to his association with the Lashkar-e-Tayiba.
Rana even told me to stop using the office in Mumbai if I was associated with the Lashkar-e-Tayiba, Headley also said today. I made arrangements to wind up the Mumbai office following Rana's instructions, he also said. Further Headley also said that he had also told Rana that he was spying for the Lashkar-e-Tayiba. Rana however objected to it, Headley quickly added.
Apart from this the defence questioned Headley about his wife Shazia. Headley however took objection to the same and said that this was between him and his wife. Ask me about myself and I shall answer he said. I am not going to share with you what happened between me and my wife, Headley also told the defence counsel. The court is now examining whether questions relating to the wife can be asked after prosecution says that it falls under privileged communication under the evidence act.
The NIA has been trying to question Rana ever since he had been arrested in the US. However the NIA has not been successful as yet. As per the NIA probe, Rana is the one who had arranged for Headely's travel to India.
Moreover, he was aware of the entire plot and was even part of it, the NIA had stated during its investigation into the case.