Headley to be charged for 26/11

FIR filed in Karkares missing jacket case

Headley to  be charged for 26/11

In a related development, the police also filed an FIR in the case of the missing bulletproof jacket of slain ATS chief Hemant Karkare, who was gunned down by terrorists along with two top officers and three cops on 26/11 night.

The decision to file the supplementary charge sheet in the 26/11 case was taken by the authorities concerned after the FBI revealed details about the reconnaissance missions carried out by Headley at the behest of the Pakistani terror outfit LeT, which carried out the attacks. The supplementary charge sheet will have no impact on the ongoing trial against the captured Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab. The designated judge Tahilyani has already asked the prosecution to wind up the case by Wednesday so as to finish the case as early as possible.

Headley conducted recce of targets in Mumbai during his stay here for more than two years before the 26/11 attacks and passed on the information to the LeT, the FBI has said.

The probes conducted by India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) unearthed Headley's activities and collected evidence, which would be incorporated in the supplementary charge sheet, crime branch sources here said. The charge sheet, however, would be filed by the crime branch only after Indian investigators get access to Headley, who is currently in the FBI custody at Chicago.

Headley has been accused of taking pictures and making videotapes of various places, including those targeted on 26/11 by terrorists belonging to LeT during his multiple visits to India. After each trip Headley undertook to India between September 2006 and July 2008, he is believed to have returned to Pakistan, met co-conspirators and provided them with photographs, videos and oral descriptions of various locations.

Meanwhile, the Mazgaon court issued orders to the police to file an FIR to find out how and when the bullet proof jacket worn by Karkare went missing. The order was issued on a complaint filed by a social worker Santosh Daundkar. He has also filed a PIL in the Bombay High Court, alleging that the jacket was of inferior quality.

Daundkar had recently approached the police team in Azad Maidan who refused to register an FIR against unknown persons for the alleged theft of the jacket. Karkare’s body was taken to J J Hospital for post-mortem on 26/11 night and the bullet-proof jacket has been missing since then.

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