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No Raw Deal From US, Says S M Krishna

India not getting an opportunity to interrogate terror accused David Headley on home soil does not amount to New Delhi getting a "raw deal" from the US, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said on

PTI [ Updated: March 20, 2010 23:09 IST ]
no raw deal from us says s m krishna
no raw deal from us says s m krishna

India not getting an opportunity to interrogate terror accused David Headley on home soil does not amount to New Delhi getting a "raw deal" from the US, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said on Saturday  .

When asked if it is a raw deal that Headley would not be produced in India, Krishna shot back, "No. Why do you have to jump to conclusions?"  He said it was the US government which arrested him and interrogating him.

The US had assured India that it would certainly get an opportunity to interrogate Headley.  In addition, India had an arrangement with the US as far as counter-terrorism mechanism was concerned and "we are always in touch.

I don't think the concern of yours (the reporter) is very valid".  Asked if there is a need for an extradition treaty with the US in view of the "difficulties" in getting Headley to India, Krishna said "I don't want to prejudge the issue." 

He said India was entitled to question Headley and it intends to exercise that option, as the target of the crime (Mumbai attack) which Headley had conspired was India and "we have felt the maximum impact of that". PTI

 

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