More than two years after LeT operative David Headley's involvement in the 26/11 Mumbai attack and other terror activities in India came to light, he, along with Lashkar founder Hafiz Saeed and two ISI officers, was charge-sheeted by the National Investigation Agency here on Saturday.
According to official sources, the charge sheet filed before a Special Patiala House Court, also named 26/11 attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Headley's accomplice, Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Rana, and al-Qaeda operative Illyas Kashmiri for waging war against the country and for offences under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Headley's handler Sajid Malik; the former Pakistani Army officer, Abdul Rehman Hashmi; and two officers believed to be working for Pakistani intelligence, Major Iqbal and Major Samir Ali, have also been named.
The charge sheet was filed three days after the Indian government gave its approval to the NIA, which had registered a case against the 50-year-old Pakistani-American Headley and his accomplice Rana on November 12, 2009. The NIA added the other names at a later stage when investigation by Central security agencies showed a large set of people involved in terror activities against the country.
Both Headley and Rana are presently in the custody of United States authorities. Headley had entered into a plea bargain with the U.S.