Chicago: A U.S. court has again turned down the bail plea of Tahawwur Rana, accused of plotting terror attacks in India at the behest of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, saying the Pakistani-Canadian is charged with “very serious crimes” which give him a motive to flee.

“Defendant Rana's motion to revoke magistrate judge Nan Nolan's detention order is denied,” read an order by judge Harry Leinenweber of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois on Thursday. Rana has made several pleas for being released on bond since his arrest last year contending that he was “duped” by American-Pakistani Lashkar operative David Coleman Headley.

Headley, 49, and Rana, 48, arrested by the FBI, are accused of plotting attacks at the behest of the Pakistan-based Lashkar against India and a Danish newspaper.

“The evidence in the form of recorded conversations, while not conclusive, appears to corroborate the government's contention that he was a knowing ally of Headley and had been acquainted in advance with the [26/11] Mumbai attacks,” the court said. — PTI

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