New Delhi: Disappointed over the 35-year jail term awarded to David Headley by a US court, the government on Friday said it wants death penalty for the LeT terrorist and all those who were involved in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.
"We want death sentence for Headley and those who were involved in killing of 166 people in Mumbai. We will keep asking for his death sentence," Union Home Secretary R K Singh told reporters here.
He was reacting to the prison sentence given to Headley by the US Court for helping plot the 26/11 Mumbai terror carnage. The Pakistani-American escaped death penalty under a deal with the US government.
The Home Secretary said New Delhi would continue to press for the extradition of Headley notwithstanding his plea bargain with the US investigators under which he escaped death sentence as well as extradition to India.
"We will continue to press for extradition of Headley. The agreement (not to extradite him to India) is between the US and Headley, not with India," he said.
Singh said Headley was not only wanted in Mumbai attack case, but in other cases too, including cases related to hatching conspiracy to attack other places in India.
"Headley was involved not only in Mumbai conspiracy, but he also carried out recce in other places. Our request for his extradition stands. As far as sentence is concerned, all those involved in 26/11 should be given death," he said.
Asked about the involvement of operatives of Pakistan's ISI in the 26/11 case, Singh said India has given enough evidence to Pakistan on the perpetrators and it was the responsibility of the neighbouring country to bring all the conspirators to justice.


  • Original Name of David Headley is Daood Sayed Gilani.
  • Headley had worked as an informant for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
  • Between 2002 and 2005, Headley made several trips to Pakistan for terrorist training while simultaneously working for DEA in United States.
  • Between 2006 and 2008, Headley performed five spying operations in Mumbai to execute 26/11 terror attacks, on behalf of terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba and Pakistani ex-military officers.
  • After every operation, he had revealed important information to Major Iqbal. During his visits to Mumbai, he gathered video footage and GPS coordinates. He revealed that Major Iqbal has given him USD 25,000 for the work assigned to him.

  • In 2009, Headley travelled to Britain and planned an attack on a Danish newspaper which had published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.
  • In a major breakthrough, Headley was arrested on October 2009 at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.
  • On January 24, 2013, Headley was convicted by US Federal court for his role in the Mumbai attacks and sentenced to 35 years imprisonment.
Charges framed:
  • Plotting against employees of Danish newspaper in Copenhagen
  • Conspiring to bomb targets in Mumbai in 2008
  • Providing material to support terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba
  • Aiding and abetting the murder of US citizens in the 2008 Mumbai attacks

Would have sought more punishment for Headley: Salman Khurshid

India would have sought "much more" punishment for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative David Headley had he been tried here, External Affairs minister Salman Khurshid said on Friday.

Asked whether Headley would ever be tried in India, Khurshid said, "The question could only be answered by the prosecuting authorities I cannot speculate."He further said that India has been "consistently" pushing for the Pakistani American terrorist's extradition and trial in India and that "it's good to know that he's being made accountable and that he has at least got 35 years".


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