US court rejects Rana's bail plea
Chicago, Mar 11: The bail plea of Tahawwur Hussain Rana, convicted with plotting terror attacks in Mumbai, was once again rejected by the US court on Tuesday, Mar 11, citing that the serious charges levelled against him provide him a motive to flee.
"Defendant Rana's motion to revoke Magistrate Judge Nan Nolan"s detention order is denied," read an order by Judge Harry Leinenweber of U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.
Rana has repeatedly applied for bail on bond since his arrest in Oct 2009, citing that he was 'cheated' by co-accused, American-Pakistani LeT operative David Coleman Headley.
The Court while rejecting Rana's appeal said that the evidence confirms that the accused was fully aware about Headley's activities.
"The evidence in the form of recorded conversations, while not conclusive, appears to corroborate the Government"s contention that he was a knowing ally of Headley and had been acquainted in advance of the Mumbai attacks," the court said.
Noting that Rana has not 'rebutted the presumptions', the Court said that if the serious charges against Rana was proven, then it would undoubtedly result in a higher sentence.
Headley and Rana were arrested by FBI in Oct 2009 and were indicted for conspiring terror attacks in India and a Danish newspaper at the at the behest of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba.