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US assures NIA of Rana access

Posted by on July 20, 2011 0 Comment

The United States has assured access to a team of the National Investigation Agency to visit that country and gather evidence recorded by the US authorities and the FBI during the trial of LeT operative and 26/11 co-accused Tahawwur Rana in the US court. India had also requested the US to give access to the NIA team to question Pakistani-American LeT operative and 26/11 accused David Coleman Headley and Rana but no headway has been made on that front so far, government sources said.

An NIA team will soon visit the US to access information about the duo’s activities based on evidences and their confessional statements in the US court during Rana’s trial when it visits that country. The modalities of the proposed visit of the NIA team will be worked out soon, an official said.

The issue cropped up when home secretary R.K. Singh met US deputy secretary for homeland security Jane Holl Lute on Tuesday. Mr Singh is believed to have expressed India’s keenness to send an NIA team to that country at the earliest which should be allowed access to the confidential information and other material placed in the US court during Rana’s trial.

Rana’s trial is significant for India to establish the role of “state actors’’ in 26/11. Rana had told the court that he participated in the 26/ 11 plot at the behest of the Pakistan government and the ISI, and not the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT). Asian Age

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