(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India
Stop Pussyfooting on Headley Case
The Polit Bureau of the Communist
Party of India
(Marxist) issued the following statement on March 20, 2010.
IT is six
months since David
Headley was arrested by the US
authorities for his role in terrorist related activities. The plea
struck by David Headley in a US
court has seen him pleading guilty to all twelve charges which include
complicity in the 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai.
these, the Indian
authorities have been denied access to him. On the other hand, the
government allowed the FBI to interrogate Ajmal Kasab in Mumbai.
It has been
Headley has been an agent for the Drug Enforcement Authority (DEA) of
the United States.
It is also a fact that he had visited Mumbai both before and after the
terrorist attack in 2008. The attitude of the US
authorities suggests that he has
been a double-agent. It is inexplicable therefore why the UPA
pussyfooting around the issue with the US administration.
government is more
concerned about justifying the US
stance. If access cannot be given to Headley as the issue has already
court, why was access not granted earlier when the Indian team was sent
to the United States?
minister knows very
well that extradition is ruled out by the plea bargain. Yet, he
declares, he is
prepared to be patient. The Manmohan Singh government has once again
unequal the US-India relationship is. The US is only concerned about
Strategy. It is not willing to cooperate in an investigation concerning
accused of the Mumbai terror attack. Yet the FBI and the CIA have
access to all
our intelligence and security related material and personnel. The least
the government of India
can do is to demand immediate access to Headley. The US
needs to be told that cooperation
has to be reciprocal.