Mumbai: A Mumbai special court on Thursday pardoned David Headley and made him an approver in the 26/11 attacks case after the Pakistani-American LeT terrorist, serving a 35-year prison sentence in the US, said he was ready to depose in the trial.
"The terror attack of 26/11, wherein at present Abu Jundal is facing the trail and we found that David Coleman Headley the American national who had participated in the criminal conspiracy and who was aware of entire criminal conspiracy, therefore we prayed to the court that he should be made an accused as he has already admitted his guilt before the American court," Ujjwal Nikam, the special public prosecutor told the media here.
"The session court has accepted our request and made him an accused, today in the process of the court summons," he added.
Nikam also said that Headley appeared before the court through video link along with his lawyers and that he requested the court that he may be pardoned.
"The court has called upon us to give our say and accordingly after having the conscious deliberation and discussion with the investigating team, we have taken a conscious decision to tender a pardon to him as his evidence would disclose many certain sensitive areas," he said.
"Therefore the prosecution has given no objection for turning him an approver and accordingly the court has made him an approver," he added.
However, the public prosecutor also pointed out that while making Headley an approver of the 26/11 attacks the courts has made it very clear that this pardon is a conditional pardon on certain terms and conditions.
"He (Headley) accepted those terms and conditions and therefore accordingly, now David Coleman Headley would be the prosecution witness and he will be examined on behalf of the prosecution in terror trail of 26/11 terror attack case" Nikam added.
Headley, who conspired with the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Pakistani intelligence officers in plotting the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai appeared before the Mumbai court via video-conferencing from the U.S today.
The next hearing is scheduled on February 8, 2016.
Headley, who has been charged in 11 offences in relating to Mumbai 26/11 terror attack, pleaded guilty in the case, and is serving a 35-year jail term in an American prison.