Earlier, the sessions’ court had reserved its order on Mumbai Police’s plea seeking Headley to be made as an accused in the case

David Headley

Responding positively to plea of one of the main accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case David Coleman Headley, a Mumbai Special Court granted pardon to him. He has been accepted as a prosecution witness. The court agreed to Headley’s plea in return for pardon while imposing certain conditions on him.Earlier, David Coleman Headley, the Pakistani -American LeT terrorist serving prison sentence in the US, on Thursday told a court here that he was ready to depose and turn approver in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack trial if he was given pardon.Headley appeared before the sessions court here through a video link from an undisclosed location in the US. Ujjwal Nikam, the special public prosecutor, told the judge G A Sanap that Headley was ready to turn “approver” if given pardon.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Headley, one of the key conspirators of the 26/11 case accepted the charges in the court. Headley said, ” I accept the responsibility for my role in these offences. I also agree to be available as a witness in this court.” He further told the court, “I appeared here, I am ready to answer to questions regarding this event if I receive a pardon from this court”. Earlier, the sessions’ court had reserved its order on Mumbai Police’s plea seeking Headley to be made as an accused in the case. On October 8, Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam had filed an application before special judge G.A. Sanap, presiding over the trial of Lashkar operative Abu Jundal, that Headley should be tried along with Jundal. Headley, who confessed to his role in the 26/11 attacks to the US authorities, was sentenced to 35 years’ imprisonment by a US court.Headley, accused of conducting a special reconnaissance of targets before the Mumbai terror attack, was sentenced to 35 years’ imprisonment by the US court. He had entered into a plea bargaining agreement with the US government. The horrific Mumbai terrorist attacks on November 26, 2008 had killed as many as 166 persons. With ANI inputs

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26/11 trial: Mumbai court pardons David Headley, makes him approver