Will chargesheet Headley soon: Narayanan

Last Updated: Mon, Sep 05, 2011 08:20 hrs

New Delhi/Kolkata, Sept 4 (IBNS) Defending a WikiLeaks expose that said India 'pretended' to have David Headley extradited, former national security adviser MK Narayanan on Sunday said a chargesheet will soon be filed against the 26/11 conspirator.

"Ask these questions to the Americans, not to me. How can I comment on the communication between US officials? There is no question about the fact that we were serious about Headley´s extradition," Narayanan told CNN-IBN news channel.

Meanwhile, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) slammed the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government over the WikiLeaks cables.

"The trend in the cables is that the Indian government succumbed to pressures from the USA government on foreign policy matters... And accepting the American direction of American pressure... This is what emerges broadly," CPI (M) General Secretary Prakash told reporters.

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Murli Manohar Joshi refrained from making a statement and said: "I will not like to comment on WikiLeaks, firstly these leaks need to be thoroughly looked into and need to be verified."

Congress leader Rashid Alvi also stayed away from making a statement to the media.

"Wikileaks is not credible hence I would not like to comment on it, the government will give the explanation. It talks about the communication between American officials," Alvi said.

India was never serious about extraditing 2008 Mumbai attacks conspirator David Coleman Headley, a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative who was arrested by the United States, secret diplomatic communique's leaked by whistleblowing website WikiLeaks said.

According the U.S. cables dated December 2009, the then National Security Adviser M K Narayanan had told former U.S. ambassador to India Timothy Roemer that the Indian government's request for Headley's extradition was to merely pacify the public.

Speaking to Roemer on the telephone, Narayanan had apparently said that the Indian government would be "in the hot seat if it were seen as relinquishing extradition" of the man who had helped plan the 26/11 attack which left 166 people dead and over 300 wounded.

"He (Roemer) explained that the threat of extradition to India could cause Headley´s cooperation to dry up, but that allowing the US judicial process to unfold or securing a plea agreement that both reflects his overall culpability and ensures his continued cooperation would maximize our ability to obtain further information from Headley," the cable said.

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