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No first hand knowledge of Ishrat,IA did not record my ‘exact’ words in statement,says Headley

NEW DELHI: American terrorist David Coleman Headley on Saturday told the could that he did not have first-hand knowledge about Ishrat Jahan, who was killed in an alleged fake encounter.

The 55-year-old Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative-turned approver in the case was being cross-examined by Abdul Wahab Khan, the lawyer of Abu Jundal, an alleged key plotter of the 2008 Mumbai siege, via a video-link from the US.

“Lakhvi told me about Ishrat Jahan case but I had prior knowledge about Ishrat Jahan case through newspapers,” he told the court.

During his cross-examination, Headley also claimed that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) did not record his statement on the then LeT chief Muzammil Bhatt earlier in his ‘exact’ words.

“I never told NIA that Lakhvi introduced me to Muzammil as a top commander whose every big operation was a failure. I can’t explain why NIA did not record my statement in exact words. They never read out that statement to me after recording,” Headley claimed.

Stating that he was seeing a copy of his statement to NIA for the first time, Headley added, “I remember most of my statement to NIA so I didn’t read it. I gave details of Ishrat Jahan operation in a statement to NIA but I can’t assign a reason that why they didn’t record that.”

However, defence lawyer claimed that Headley did not tell NIA about Ishrat Jahan. Headley also said that Hafiz Saeed had told him that Bal Thackeray needed to be taught a lesson.

A day ago, in a new twist, Headley testified before an anti-terror court that the then Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had visited his house few weeks after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in 2008 to condole the death of his father.

(With ANI inputs)

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David Headley during cross-examination (With ANI inputs)
Lakhvi introduced me to Muzzamil Bhatt in 2006 as a top commander of LeT and told me that he has done Akshardham and Ishrat Jahan cases.
Lakhvi told me about Ishrat Jahan case but I was having prior knowledge about Ishrat Jahan case through newspapers.

NIA has recorded my statement in different words what I told them.

I never told NIA that Lakhvi introduced me to Muzammil as a top commander whose every big operation was a failure.Lakhvi introduced me to Muzammil as a top commander whose every big operation was a failure.

I can’t explain why NIA did not record my statement in exact words. They never read out that statement to me after recording.

How can I explain about why someone else made a mistake (on why NIA did not record his statement in exact words he said)

I am seeing copy of my statement to NIA for the first time,I remember most of my statement to NIA so I didn’t read it.

I gave details of Ishrat Jahan operation in NIA’s statement but I can’t assign a reason that why they didn’t record that. May be they (NIA) forgot.

Yes, I told NIA that there was a women’s wing in LeT and mother of Abu Aiman was head of that.

Defence lawyer claims that Headley did not tell NIA about Ishrat Jahan, but Headley tells court that he had told NIA about Ishrat.

Hafiz Saeed told me that Bal Thackeray needed to be taught a lesson, I told him I will take 6 months to complete the task.

I visited Sena Bhavan & residence of Bal Thackeray to do a surveillance. I met some of the guards at the gates of the perimeter of his residence.
WITH ANI INPUTS