David Headley
Hated India since 1971 bombing on school says David Headley Picture: David Coleman HeadleyWikimedia Commons/ Scoutstr295

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

10:30 IST: David Headley's deposition has been adjourned till Thursday due to a technical glitch in video conferencing, reports said. 

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

12:16 IST: David Headley said that Pakistan spy agency ISI provides financial support to Lashkar-e-Taiba, public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told the media on Tuesday. 

Headley reportedly told the court that the ISI provided financial, military and moral support to terrorist organisations such as LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammad & Hizbul Mujahideen.

"I was working for ISI also and met many people from Pakistani Army", Headley told the court, according to the Press Trust of India. 

10:52 IST: Headley said he surveilled multiple targets in Mumbai, which included the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, the Naval and Air station, the Maharashtra Police state headquarters, the Oberoi Hotel and and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST). 

He said he had made a video of the Bhagat Singh Marg road in Colaba, and the video showed the Leopold cafe and the Colaba Police Station apart form other shops and restaurants on the road. 

10:44 IST: Headley tells the court about the multiple recces he carried out at the Taj hotel in Mumbai. He was also asked to conduct a surveillance of the Siddhivinayak Temple by LeT, he said. 

"Sajid Mir (LeT) and Major Iqbal were satisfied with the photography and videography done of Hotel Taj," Headley said, accoridng to ANI news agency. 

Headley revealed that the LeT leader had asked him to conduct a surveillance of the Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai. 

9:23 IST: Headley names LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammed , and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen as working under the United Jihad council, and claims they all are "working against India."

9:05 IST: Headley said that Maulana Masood Azhar, the head of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, was the guest speaker at an LeT gathering in 2003, The Times of India reports. 

Masood Azhar is accused by India of masterminding the 2 January Pathankot terror attack, but Pakistan said on Monday that there was no evidence to prove his complicity. 

9:01 IST: "The actual plan was to attack a meeting of Indian Defence Scientists, but it was later called off," Headley revealed in court on Tuesday, according to reports. The meeting reportedly was taking place at the Taj hotel's conference hall, he said. 

8:58 IST: "In 2007, a meeting took place in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan, which was attended by Sajid Mir, Abu Khafa and me. In this meeting,they assigned me the task of conducting a recce of Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai," Headley said, according to ANI news agency. 

8:49 IST: Headley has been asked about Abdul Rehman alias Major Pasha, a retired Pakistani Army official, according to CNN-IBN. 

8:33 IST: Headley tells the Mumbai court that he had advised Hafiz Saeed and Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi to "legally challenge" the US ban on Lashkar-e-Taiba. 

8:18 IST: David Headley's deposition before a Mumbai court has begun on Day 2. 

Monday, 8 February 2016

David Headley's deposition before a Mumbai court via videolink on Monday has ended and will continue from 7 am Tuesday. 

UPDATE 12:58 IST: Public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said Headley's confessions proved "there is a close nexus between Pakistan's ISI and the Lashkar-e-Taiba," ANI news agency reported. 

UPDATE 11:19 IST: Headley named Hafiz Saeed as well as Pakistan's spy agency Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) in connection with the 26/11 attacks.

"Headley said he did LeT's work on the directions of Hafiz Saeed," Headley's lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani said, according to ANI news agency. He said that he had been influenced" by Saeed and took his first "course" under him in 2002 at Muzaffarabad, Pakistan. 

During these courses, Headley said he was taught that "India is the enemy of Islam."

Headley also claimed that he had been "introduced to ISI's Major Iqbal," NDTV reported. 

UPDATE 11:00 IST: David Headley told the court on Monday that there had been two attempts to attack Mumbai before the 26/11 attacks. 

The first attempt, which was made in September 2008, two months before the 26/11 attacks, failed after the terrorists' boat crashed into rocks and the weapons were lost. Another attempt in October 2008 also failed, Headley said, as per reports. 

UPDATE 9:39 IST: Headley said that he visited India even after the 26/11 terror attack. He claimed he visited Delhi from Lahore on 7 March 2009

UPDATE 9:28 IST: Headley named Lashkar operative Sajid Mir as his main contact with the terror group. He said that Mir had asked him to shoot a video of Mumbai, Headley told the court. 

UPDATE 9:25 IST: Headley said he changed his name from Dawood Gilani and gave incorrect details in his visa application to India. 

"I wanted to enter India with an American name," David Headley told the court, according to the Press Trust of India. 

"All details except place of birth, date of birth, mother's nationality and  passport number were incorrect in my visa application," he said. 

UPDATE 9:11 IST: Headley has told the Mumbai court that he visited India 8 times before the 26/11 attacks, of which 7 visits were to Mumbai, The Times of India reported. 


David Coleman Headley, a Pakistani American involved in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks began his deposition before a Mumbai court on Monday via video-conference.

Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said that it was the first time in Indian legal history a foreign terrorist was appearing before a court through video link, The Times of India reports. 

Reports said Headley is likely to reveal Pakistan's role in the 2008 attacks that left 166 people dead. He is also expected to point to the role of Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Sayeed. 

He has already confessed to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) that Pakistan's spy agency Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) and its Army were behind the 26/11 terror attacks, as per reports. He reportedly claimed that the ISI assisted the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in carrying out the attacks. 

In December, a TADA (Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act) court made Headley a "witness approver". 

Headley is currently serving a jail term of 35 years in the United States for the Mumbai terror attacks.