A US federal court is scheduled to hold an important hearing on Thursday regarding the extradition of Pakistani-origin Tahawwur Rana, accused of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. Meanwhile, a team of Indian officials has reached America for court action.
Tahawwur Rana (Photo Credit: File)
A US federal court is scheduled to hold an important hearing on Thursday regarding the extradition of Pakistani-origin Tahawwur Rana, accused of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. Meanwhile, a team of Indian officials has reached America for court action. Tahawwur Rana was arrested in Los Angeles on June 10 last year on a request for extradition to India. India has an extradition treaty with the US, due to which India has requested the formal extradition of Tahawwur Rana. America has also started the process of extradition at its level.
America’s argument in court too
- The federal court has jurisdiction to hear the issue of extradition of Tahawwur Rana to India.
- Tahawwur Rana’s case meets all criteria required for extradition to India
- India has an extradition treaty with the US. which is fully applicable
- The allegations against Rana from India are very serious. These allegations come under the Indo-US extradition treaty.
Tahawwur Rana’s lawyer pleaded
Tahawwur Rana’s lawyer says that before the charges under which extradition is being sought, he has been acquitted. The government has not been able to prove his role in the 26/11 attack in court.
Rana-Headley’s case different in America’s eyes
Rana is a childhood friend of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist David Coleman Headley. Headley was involved in plotting the 2008 Mumbai attacks and had become a witness in the case. Headley is currently serving a 35-year prison sentence in the US for his role in the attack. However, the US has rejected India’s request for Headley’s extradition. In this regard, the public prosecutor argued in the court that Headley had accepted the guilt of all the charges, admitting his role in the attacks. While Rana neither cooperated in the investigation nor confessed his crime. So he cannot get the benefits that were given to Headley.
was arrested last year
Earlier on 20 June 2020, Tahawwur Hussain Rana, accused of 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, has been re-arrested by the US in Los Angeles on the request of Indian authorities. Rana (59), associated with Pakistan’s spy agency ISI, was recently released from jail after he was found to be suffering from Kovid-19 infection. Rana was re-arrested and jailed by the Los Angeles Police along with another ISI operative David Coleman Headley on June 10 last year.
First Published : 23 Jun 2021, 07:55:53 PM