New Delhi: India will search for Pakistan-born Lashkar-e-Taiba operative David Coleman Headley’s extradition from the United States after the National Investigation Agency files a charge sheet, naming him as an accused in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks case.
According to the Wikileaks, the Centre’s assertion came after a 2009 cable sent by then US ambassador Timothy J Roemer, quoted then national security adviser MK Narayanan describing India’s demand for Headley’s extradition as ‘political posturing’.
Home minister P Chidambaram had lately declared that the NIA would soon file a chargesheet against Headley once the previous bits of information needed by them are received.
Home ministry sources said that the chargesheet would form the legal basis for Headley’s extradition. But officials are sceptical about Washington playing ball. They consider that the US may not be prepared to offer unrestricted access to him.
Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said that the WikiLeaks cables required to be verified before he could comment on them.
Joshi said that “I will not like to comment on WikiLeaks, firstly these leaks need to be thoroughly looked into and need to be verified.”