26/11 case : Headley bares all on terror financing by ISI

Thursday, Feb 11, 2016,10:12 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Mumbai | Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley today continued his deposition for the third day before a court here. Deposing from an undisclosed location in the US, Headley had told special judge G A Sanap that ISI was helping different terror outfits in Pakistan and was providing financial, military and moral support.

The deposition of Headley could not happen yesterday due to a technical snag in the video conference in the US. Headley, who had conducted recce of the places in Mumbai which were attacked by 10 LeT terrorists on November 26, 2008, also revealed that the outfit had initially planned to attack a conference of Indian Indian defence scientists in Taj Mahal Hotel. He said he had also conducted a recce of the famous Siddhivinayak Temple and Naval air station on directions of LeT commanders.

While spilling beans about involvement of Pakistan’s army and intelligence agency in terrorism in India, he said he knew ISI official Brigadier Riyaz being the handler of LeT’s top commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, who was the mastermind of 26/11 attacks. Headley, who had visited Mumbai seven times to scout for targets, revealed that plans to target Mumbai had started over a year before 26/11.

Making fresh disclosures on the brazen 26/11 attacks, Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley today exposed how ISI and LeT majorly funded terror operations in India and financed him from time to time and that Pakistan native Tahawwur Rana visited Mumbai before the terror strikes.
Resuming his deposition before a court here today via video-link after a day’s break due to a technical glitch at the US end yesterday, the LeT operative also said that RBI has turned down a request to open a bank account for their office in India. Giving details of his funding, he said, Before coming to India in September 2006, he received USD 25,000 from ISI’s Major Iqbal. I also got 40,000 in Pakistani currency from LeT operative Sajid Mir between April and June 2008, he told the court, adding that Major Iqbal used to regularly sent him money in instalments.

Also, Major Iqbal gave me counterfeit Indian currency once or twice in 2008, he said. Besides Abdul Rehman Pasha, also from ISI, gave me Rs 80,000, Headley said. Tahawur Rana, Headley’s associate and a Pakistani native who operated a Chicago-based immigration business used to send me money from the US in September 2006 when I came to India to do intelligence work on instructions of LeT, he told the court.

The 55-year-old, who recently turned approver in the case, also said that it was my idea to open an office in India. It was a part of my cover as an immigration consultant . I had discussed about this with Major Iqbal and Sajid Mir and they both agreed to it. I also told Rana that Major Iqbal had asked me to do intelligence work in India.

Iqbal told me that if Rana was reluctant to be associated with Headley’s India operations then he should appeal to Rana’s sense of patriotism towards Pakistan, he testified. But Rana was not reluctant and he agreed readily for me to go to India, Headley said.

Headley also revealed that Rana had visited Mumbai before the terror attacks. I advised Rana to leave India before the attacks as I was afraid that he would be in danger, he told the court. Headley also disclosed that Rana had asked Raymond Sanders who ran an immigrant law centre in Chicago to submit an application to the RBI to open a bank account for their office in India. However, RBI turned down the request, he said.