A special court on Wednesday approved the Mumbai Police's plea seeking to make Pakistani-American Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative David Coleman Headley an accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case.
Issuing summons to Headley, the court directed that he be produced before it on 10 December via video-conferencing, reported PTI.
The court had on 6 November reserved its judgement on the petition filed by the Mumbai Police.
A US federal court had on 24 January, 2013, sentenced Headley to 35 years in jail for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The Mumbai Police, however, filed an application before judge G A Sanap on 8 October seeking permission to try him under Indian law.
"An American court is not competent to try offences under the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The charges for which Headley has been convicted by the US court and the charges we are pursuing against him are entirely different," Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam had told the court during the hearing.
India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) had registered a case against Headley, who was arrested in October 2009 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, from where he was to fly to Pakistan.
Headley had struck a plea agreement with the US, which helped him skip extradition, as demanded by India. He was tried and convicted by a court in the US. Now the Mumbai Police have sought permission to try Headley under the IPC through video conferencing.
Meanwhile, the court has already framed charges against Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, one of the prime conspirators of the Mumbai terror attacks.
Court allows Mumbai Police's plea to make Pakistani-American LeT terrorist David Headley an accused in 26/11 terror attack case.
â€” Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) November 18, 2015
26/11 case: Mumbai court issues summons to Headley; directs that he be produced via video-conferencing on December 10. â€” Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) November 18, 2015