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Headley acted on Hafiz Saeed’s advice: Mahesh Jethmalani

Photographers run past burning Taj Mahal Hotel during a gun battle in Mumbai November 29, 2008.  Operations by Indian commandos to dislodge Islamist militants at Mumbai's Taj Mahal hotel ended on Saturday, Indian television channels quoted officials as saying.  The hotel came under heavy gunfire and flames leaped out of the building shortly before the announcement.
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Photographers run past burning Taj Mahal Hotel during a gun battle in Mumbai November 29, 2008. Operations by Indian commandos to dislodge Islamist militants at Mumbai's Taj Mahal hotel ended on Saturday, Indian television channels quoted officials as saying. The hotel came under heavy gunfire and flames leaped out of the building shortly before the announcement. REUTERS/Arko Datta (INDIA)

Mumbai: Senior lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani on Monday said that his counsel David Coleman Headley has told the special court that he acted on the advice of Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and two unsuccessful attempts were made prior to the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

Jethmalani said Headley disclosed that the same ten people, who came on November 26, had come twice earlier but their attempts failed.

The senior lawyer, however, refused to disclose further information, saying, “Right now there is bar on anyone talking about the proceedings but the evidence will be quite significant.”

Headley, one of the main conspirators in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, deposed as a witness in the case and admitted that he had come to the city with a false identity at the behest of his colleague and handler Sajid Mir, a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative.

Headley further admitted that he was a true follower of the LeT and had changed his name from Dawood Gilani to David Coleman Headley for the purpose of acquiring a new passport to come to India. He said he had visited Mumbai seven times prior to the attacks on November 26, 2008. He even visited Delhi in March 2009 after the attacks. (ANI)

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