FBI to share all on Headley

FBI to share all on Headley

Team to visit New Delhi to hand over interrogation details

FBI to share all on Headley

A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) team will be in New Delhi next week to share with Indian probe agencies “exhaustive” details that US sleuths have so far gathered in their investigations, especially the interrogation of David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana, National Security Advisor (NSA) M K Narayanan said.

However, though Indian investigators, primarily from the National Investigating Agency, would be interested in interrogating the duo, suspected to have been deeply involved in the conspiracy behind the 26/11 attacks, they are unlikely to get access to them any where in the near future. They would have to rely on the information shared by their US counterparts in the FBI.

The Headley-Rana issue is understood to have figured prominently in the extended discussions between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President Barack Obama in Washington last Tuesday. Obama is understood to have told Singh he was keeping himself updated with the investigation details.

Nuclear deal

Sources felt that the finalisation of the arrangements for commercial implementation of the Indo-US civil nuclear cooperation agreement required one more round of negotiations between the two sides. They said two or three finer details of the arrangement were awaited fianlisation. But the negotiators  have now a mandate from Singh and Obama for early finalisation of the arrangements.

One of the issues involved is regarding the number of reprocessing units. India expects the US to grant rights to reprocess spent nuclear fuel in the two dedicated sites identified for setting up nuclear power plants by US companies – one in Gujarat and another in Andhra Pradesh.

The US is also seeking a clear understanding on the security arrangements for the two prospective nuclear sites. The prime minister is understood to have told Obama that India would go in for the same kind of security that the nuclear power plants in the US are provided.