India, US to work out processes on access to Headley

India, US to work out processes on access to Headley

India, US to work out processes on access to Headley

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna is scheduled to travel to Washington on June three for the first ever India-US Strategic Dialogue with his US counterpart Hillary Clinton since its upgrading to the ministerial level last year.During the Strategic Dialogue, the issue of access to Headley will be discussed, official sources said.

"They are saying yes to access to Headley. But the process has to be followed. Their process is totally different from our process. Process has to be gone through before we get access. That is our understanding," the sources said.

The US has assured at the top level that Indian investigators will get access to Headley to unravel the entire conspiracy of the Mumbai attack.

In pursuance to that Indian Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam had travelled to the US late last month to discuss legal modalities in this regard.The sources pointed out that the legal system in the US was different than that of India and hence there was need to understand it properly and move ahead accordingly.

India wants to question Headley in a manner that his statement would be acceptable in a court of law here. In this regard, a chargesheet would also be required to be filed against Headley in India.

Headley, who was arrested in October last year, has entered into a plea bargain with the US government wherein he has offered to be available to foreign investigators through deposition, video conferencing or letters rogatory.

He has told his America interrogators that he had conducted recce for the Mumbai attacks several times. He has also revealed that a serving Pakistani Army Major had given training to him in Pakistan.

Besides the issue of Headley, Krishna and Clinton will discuss matters related to nuclear safety and working out the nitty-gritty of the Manmohan Singh-Barack Obama Knowledge Initiative to increase varsity linkages and junior faculty development exchanges between US and Indian universities.