26/11 Attacks: All Clear For Extradition Of Terrorist!

Thu May 18 2023 16:03:35 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)

India faced many terror attacks in the recent past. But the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 will remain horrific as a series of attacks were planned. In the same attacks, we also lost our hero Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan who made the ultimate sacrifice while saving the occupants at the Taj Hotel.

The Indian government is trying its best to extradite those who are involved in the attacks. The efforts paid off as a court in the United States accepted the request. As the court gave its order, the suspect who is said to be the plotter of the attacks would be deported soon.

Pakistan-born Canadian man Tahawwur Rana is facing charges that he has a role in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 and he is the plotter of the attacks. A lower court in America said that it had reviewed all the documents and it is giving its nod to extradite Rana.

The Secretary of State of the United States was also notified about this. US District Court Central District of California looked into the request and gave the orders. The orders were given in the name of Judge Jacqueline Chooljian, US Magistrate Judge.

The link between Tahawwur Rana and the terror attacks is that he is a friend of Headley, an American citizen. Headley was arrested in 2009 for his role in the 2008 Mumbai attacks. India has been arguing that Rana would have known about the plans due to the friendship between them.

Rana was also arrested by the American authorities. After arresting Headley, he was grilled, and based on the information he gave they nabbed Rana in 2009. A few years later he was convicted of providing material support to the LeT. Rana was slapped with a jail term based on Headley's testimony as a government witness.

The request to extradite Rana to India was made by the government back in 2020. The newly elected Joe Biden administration accepted the request. However, it took around three years long as the procedures have to be followed. Finally, Tahawwur Rana was allowed to be extradited to India by the court.