A day after reports emerged that American citizen of Pakistani origin David Coleman Headley, who played a major role in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack conspiracy, is battling for life after being attacked by inmates inside the jail, his lawyer has come out in the open rejecting all such news.
Headley's lawyer, however, refused to reveal his actual location. John Theis told news agency PTI that Headley was neither in Chicago nor in hospital. "Although I cannot disclose his location, he is neither in Chicago nor in a hospital," Theis said.
"I am in regular communication with Mr. Headley. There is no basis for the report in the Indian press," Theis added.
Media reports had said that Headley was attacked by two inmates at a Chicago prison on July 8 and that he was admitted to an intensive care unit of a hospital in the city since then.
The reports had said Headley suffered serious injuries and was rushed to North Evanston hospital, where he was admitted to the critical care unit.
He has been sentenced to 35 years in prison by a US court for the 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai that killed more than 160 people.
Headley — who recced various Indian cities including Mumbai before the 26/11 attacks — was arrested in 2009.
On Monday, US authorities refused to comment on the reports.
"We are not able to locate information about this individual," the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago said in a brief email response to PTI when asked about the reported prison incident.
(With inputs from PTI)