Nikam is upbeat on Headley revelations

Says the revelations made under oath will make our case stronger 

Mumbai : Special Public Prosecutor Ujjawal Nikam has said that the depositions on Tuesday by Pakistani terrorist David Headley have a strong legal value in the 26/11 case since these revelations have been made under oath, and will make the case stronger.

Tuesday was the second day of deposition by the 55 year-old Headley, who has been talking to a Mumbai Court via video-conferencing facility from an undisclosed location in the US. The 26/11 scout, who has turned approver, further revealed that he was working for the ISI and also other terror outfits like the Laskhar-e-Taibaa, and that the ISI had been providing `financial, military and moral support’ to even other terror outfits.

Nikam told the Free Press Journal that the information given by Headley will provide a major boost to the 26/11 case and the fresh details can be investigated by the police. “Whether to investigate the new information is entirely up to the police and they will have to decide how to go about this,” he added. The details he has given today, about having worked for the ISI and the LeT proves the role played by such terror outfits that are based in Pakistan.

The deposition is being carried out in the court of Special Judge GA Sanap.

In an interesting development, the investigating officer of the 26/11 attack, Ramesh Mahale, was not allowed to sit through the latter part of the deposition on Tuesday. “There was some objection raised by Abu Jundal that being the investigating officer of the case, I should not be in the room when the deposition was happening. Hence, I had to leave the room after the first half of the deposition,” he said.

However, he confirmed that this is the first time that the ISI role in the 26/11 attack has been clearly spelt out by an independent source.”There is a provision under section 173(8) of the Criminal Procedure Code under which it is possible to investigate any further points that are revealed during the deposition, he explained.

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