Chicago, May 27: The plotters of the Mumbai terror attacks also wanted to make a Bollywood movie for launching aspiring actor Rahul Bhatt, son of film director Mahesh Bhatt, but dropped the plans because the Lashkar-e-Taiba opposed it.
David Coleman Headley, co-accused in the on-going trial of Tahawwur Hussein Rana, disclosed this in his testimony on the fourth day of his deposition before a court here during questioning by Rana's attorney Patrick W. Blegan.
Rana, a Pakistani Canadian, was not able to go ahead with his plans as it was against the ideals of the LeT, which opposed such a move.
Headley said Rahul wanted to break into movies but his father was not helping him. “So [I] befriended him, so that they can get to bigger picture,” he said.
He said he introduced himself to Rahul as a former army ranger and he had started liking him.
Headley said he had, in fact, told him not to go to South Mumbai on November 26, the day the LeT sent 10 terrorists for a major terrorist attack, which over the next three days killed 166 people.
Earlier, he said there was once a talk of bringing Rahul to the tribal areas of Pakistan for “sightseeing.”However, he disagreed with the defence attorney that the plan was to kill or kidnap him.“We invite guests and do not kidnap them,” Headley said.
However, Headley agreed that making friends with Rahul was against the basic surveillance and espionage teachings that he had received from the LeT and the ISI. PTI