Mumbai: In a fresh development in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks case, the defence lawyer of Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal on Wednesday moved an application before the sessions court seeking to make Shazia Gilani and Tahawwur Hussain Rana, the wife and friend of Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley, accused in the case.
Confirming the news, advocate Khan Abdul Wahab said that he had moved an application before the court seeking to make Headley’s wife and friend to be made accused in the 26/11 attacks case.
“Based on the revelations made by Headley during his deposition as an approver in the court, Shazia had congratulated Headley in code language on the success of Mumbai terror attacks case. She did not inform the police about the attacks and Rana allowed Headley to use his immigration office to hide,” said advocate Mr Khan, adding that both of them had knowledge about the attacks before November 26, 2008 and hence they should also be made accused in this case.
He also said that during his deposition as an approver, Headley had also accepted that he had received money from Rana, which shows Rana’s involvement in this case.
Though Shazia had congratulated Headley in code language through e-mail, Headley himself had explained before the court what was the meaning of message sent through the e-mail.
Special judge G.A. Sanap is likely to likely to hear this application on Thursday.
Headley, who is serving a 35-year jail term in the US in connection with the Mumbai terror attacks case, was produced before the court via video conferencing after the court had issued summons on his name on request of the prosecution. On the first day of his production, he had expressed his desire to become an approver in this case and accepting his request Mr Sanap had made him an approver.
His testimony began on February 8, 2016, as an approver and he had revealed plans and roles of Pakistani army, intelligence agency and other Pakistan-based terrorist organisations in conducting terrorist activities in India and how the 26/11 attacks were planned and executed....