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No decision yet on joining lawsuit in US on 26/11 attack: HM

 

Government has said no decision has been taken on its joining a lawsuit in New York filed by victims of 26/11 terror attack suing Pakistan's spy agency ISI and LeT founder Hafiz Saeed for their involvement in the incident.

 

"No decision has been taken. I think there are advantages and disadvantages...No decision has been taken on that," Home Minister P Chidambaram told reporters in New Delhi on Wednesday.

 

Noting that whatever revelations were made by David Headley during the trial in Chicago were "brought to his notice by the NIA" after their interrogation of Pakistani- American terrorist, the Home Minister said except one "important" piece of information and one minor item, all other were conveyed to him by the National Investigation Agency.

 

He also pointed out that the US was providing copies of the deposition and everything was available to India.

 

"At the end, we will get a fuller presentation. But at the moment, most of it is known to us," he said, adding there was no need for a running commentary on the trial.

 

 

Headley conducted survey of Pune's German Bakery  

 

 

LeT operative David Coleman Headley told a US court that he had conducted a surveillance of the German Bakery in Pune and identified Chabad houses in Delhi, Pushkar and Pune which could be bombed.  

 

 

Testifying during the trial of Tahawwur Hussain Rana, a Mumbai attack co-accused, Headley said that he made a video of the German Bakery which was bombed on 13th February, 2010 killing at least 17 people and injuring 60 others.

 

 

While Headley was under arrest by FBI, the German Bakery was attacked.

Headley, who ended his testimony, said that he had made a list of Chabad houses in Delhi, Pushkar and Pune which could be targeted.

 

 

The German Bakery is located near the Chabad House and an Osho Ashram in Pune.

 

 

The German Bakery blast was a part of the Karachi Project- an LeT project with the Indian Mujahideen.



Earlier Headley had told FBI that he did not carry out surveillance of the Bakery, but later confessed to the Indian agents of National Investigation Agency that he had conducted its surveillance.

 

 

50-year-old Headley has pleaded guilty to 12 terrorism charges related to the deadly 26/11 attacks and other plots in the wake of his 2009 arrest in Chicago.

 

 

Headley also said that he had plans to write a book and make a movie on the events in his life.

 

 

Rana's lawyer Patrick Blegen said that Headley had told several people including his wife so.

 

 

"If I write a book, I can make huge amounts of money," Headley said.

 

 

The Pakistani-American said that he made a "fool" of Rana by involving him in the 26/11 Mumbai attack conspiracy.

 

 

"I made a fool of him (Rana). Poor fellow was stuck in this for no fault of his. I made a fool of him in getting to assist me on what I did. I made a fool of him," Headley told Rana's lawyer.

 

 

While Headley has pleaded guilty, Rana has maintained that he is not guilty in the charge of "support to terrorism".

 

 

Defence attorneys said Headley lied to the law enforcement agencies and implicated Rana in the plot in a bid to save his life.



Headley was cross-examined by lawyers of Rana, a Canadian of Pakistani-origin who is standing trial at a Chicago court in Chicago after being slapped with a dozen charges in connection with the Mumbai attacks in which 166 persons were killed.

 

 

The defence lawyers said Headley lived multiple lives and used his friend over the years. Rana and Headley met as teenagers at a Pakistani military school.



Headley conceded that he was secretly researching on Internet at Rana's house.



"As expected this guy has a very troubled history and past," Blegen said.

 

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