India again requests US for extradition of 26/11 plotters Headley, Rana
Mumbai's Taj Hotel was also targetted by terrorists during the 26/11 attacks. Image source: Wikimedia Commons Photograph: (Others)
India has once again requested the US for the extradition of David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Rana, wanted for their roles in the November 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, a report in The Hindu stated.
Headley and Rana are accusing of conspiring with Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) for plotting the 26/11 terror attacks that claimed the lives of over 160 people.
India's National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is investigating the attacks, raised the matter of Headley and Rana's extradition with deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Andrew McCabe, when he visited India earlier this month.
Tahawwur Rana was convicted by a US court for providing material support to the LeT.
The NIA told the FBI deputy director that Rana had not been tried for the offences forgery and criminal breach of trust registered against him in India. It also said it had received no response to multiple requests for Tahawwur Rana's custody.
McCabe assured the investigating agency that its request would be looked into, The Hindu reported.
Headley has been sentenced to 35 years in prison by a US court. One of the biggest impediments for his extradition to India is the "double jeopardy clause" in US law that prohibits punishment for the same crime twice.
NIA officials said they were hopeful of securing Headley's custody because a large number of Indians were killed in the terror attacks, whereas the US investigation mostly centred on the death of six American nationals.
Rana is accused of helping Headley open an immigration firm in Mumbai with forged documents which in turn provided him with a cover for the reconnaissance of 26/11 targets.
The 26/11 attacks, which targetted Mumbai's key landmarks including the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Oberoi Trident, Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and Leopold Cafe, were carried out by 10 LeT terrorists headed by Ajmal Kasab.
Kasab was captured alive by the police and hanged to death in 2012.