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India may get access to Headley by end May

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New Delhi, May 15 (ANI): India likely to get access to Lashkar operative David Coleman Headley at the end of May.With the US top brass, including the President Barack Obama promising India that it would be allowed to question the 26/11 suspect, Government sources are now saying that India could meet Headley by the end of the month.Earlier this week, US Ambassador to India Timothy Roemer said that New Delhi's access to Headley would be granted in the weeks ahead.India wants to question Headley for his role in organizing 26/11 terror attack and is likely to send a team comprising of officials of the National Investigating Agency (NIA) the Mumbai Police, a magistrate, legal experts and Home Ministry officials to for this purpose.In April, a two-member team led by Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium had visited the US for five days to discuss modalities of gaining access to Headley.On its return, Subramanium had said: "All the bottlenecks (for access to Headley) are removed and we have a way forward. So it's up to us to operationalise the plan forward."Headley, a Chicago-based businessman, was arrested on October 3.Headley a Pakistani origin American changed his name from Daood Gilani in 2006.He went under the scanner of investigating agencies, when he alongwith Canadian Tahawwur Hussain Rana, were charged with conspiracy to support or commit attacks against a Danish ewspaper that published controversial cartoons of Prophet Mohammed four years ago.Headley suggested killing editor, Flemming Rose, and cartoonist, Kurt Westergaard.He was also in contact with Ilyas Kashmiri, a high-ranking operative in a militant group associated with Al-Qaeda.Headley traveled to Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) to meet Kashmiri and a third conspirator, identified only as Individual A, after the first trip to Denmark.Headley was on his way to Pakistan again at the time of his arrest at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. (ANI)

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