This Article is From Feb 22, 2016

David Headley's Cross-Examination May Run For 4 Days, Abu Jundal's Lawyer Tells Court

David Headley's Cross-Examination May Run For 4 Days, Abu Jundal's Lawyer Tells Court

David Headley is serving a 35-year jail term in the US for his role in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

Mumbai: Key 26/11 plotter Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal's lawyer today informed a court in Mumbai that he wanted to cross-examine Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley for four days.

Meanwhile, Judge GA Sanap today directed Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam to contact US authorities, check their availability for David Headley's second round of deposition and inform the court by February 25.

Once the availability is checked, the court will fix dates for David Headley's deposition.

Meanwhile, Jundal's lawyer Abdul Wahab Khan also moved applications objecting to David Headley being made an approver in the 2008 terror attacks case besides making pleas seeking copies of certain documents and CDs.

Earlier on February 13, the day on which David Headley's week-long deposition ended, the court had adjourned the case for cross-examination by Jundal's lawyer for a future date.

David Headley, who is serving a 35-year jail term in the US in connection with the terror attacks case, had made some disclosures about Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Al-Qaeda's planned to target India, during his testimony which began on February 8.

He revealed how Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI provides "financial, military and moral support" to terror outfits Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizbul Mujahideen and how LeT had planned and executed the 26/11 attacks and the role played by ISI officials, involving him too.

He also revealed that LeT had planned an attack at a conference of Indian defence scientists at Taj Mahal Hotel a year before the 26/11 strikes and had even prepared its dummy.

Deposing via a video-link from the US, the 55-year-old terrorist had the court that --Ishrat Jahan--who was killed in an alleged fake encounter in 2004 in Gujarat--was an operative of LeT.

Headley had also revealed that Al-Qaeda was in touch with him to attack Delhi's National Defence College and unravelled the plot by LeT and ISI to target Mumbai airport, BARC and the Naval air station here.

He also visited the Indian Army's Southern Command headquarters at Pune in 2009 on the instructions of ISI's Major Iqbal, who wanted him to recruit some military personnel to get "classified" information, the court was told.