Mumbai: Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley, convicted in the US for his role in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, told a Mumbai court on Thursday that terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) wanted to eliminate Bal Thackeray but the person who was assigned the job to kill the late Shiv Sena chief was arrested.
The 55-year-old, who has turned approver in the terror case, disclosed this fact during a cross-examination on the second day by Abdul Wahab Khan, the lawyer of Abu Jundal, an alleged key plotter of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, via a video link from the US.
Here are the main points from what he told the court.
# “We wanted to target the chief of Shiv Sena… His name was Bal Thackeray. LeT wanted to kill him wherever a chance arose. I knew that Bal Thackeray was the head of Shiv Sena.
#”I have no first hand knowledge but I think an attempt was made by LeT to kill Bal Thackeray.”
# “I don’t know how this attempt was made. I think the person (who was sent to kill Thackeray) was arrested but he managed to escape from police custody. I don’t have first hand knowledge about this though.”
#Headley told special judge GA Sanap that he does not know who else was a target of LeT apart from Thackeray.
#Headley told the court that he had visited the Sena Bhavan twice but did not specify the year.
A day earlier Headley spilled the beans on how once US financed his trip to Pakistan and that he had not taken any money from LeT.He talked about his associate Tahawwur Rana, but refused to answer questions on what he told his wife Shazia.
#”I never received money from LeT… This is complete nonsense. I gave funds to LeT myself. I had donated more than 60 to 70 lakh Pakistani Rupees to LeT throughout the period I was associated with them. My last donation was in 2006,”
#”Shazia is still my legally wedded wife. I do not want to disclose Shazia’s location at present. I do not want to answer any question about my wife Shazia.”
# He said that under Section 122 of the Indian Evidence Act, the communication between a husband and wife is a privileged one and need not be disclosed.