A decade after the 26/11 Mumbai attack, the NIA is looking to extradite key conspirators, is hopeful to get extradition and access of Tahiwur Rana and David Headley respectively.
A six-member NIA team had been coordinating with their US counterparts for three days in December 13-15. They will go again to the United States in February. There is a possibility of extradition of Tahawwur Rana and possible access to David Coleman Headley.
Earlier US had denied for Tahawwur Rana's extradition over security reasons.
In its reply to a question in Lok Sabha on the US cooperation for extradition of Tahawwur Rana, the Ministry of Home Affairs said:
"The United States has expressed its commitment towards working with its international partners to identify and bring to justice those responsible for the 26/11/2008 Mumbai attack. During the India-U.S. 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue on 06 September 2018, both sides called on Pakistan to bring to justice expeditiously the perpetrators of the Mumbai, Pathankot, Uri, and other crossborder terrorist attacks. Government of India has engaged with relevant U.S. authorities, under terms of the India-U.S. Extradition Treaty of 1997, for extradition of U.S.-based individuals for their role in the 26/11/2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai. These consultations have been held by means of meetings/visits and teleconferences. Most recently, a team from the National Investigation Agency visited the U.S. on 13-15 December 2018 for discussion with the U.S. authorities."
On December 4, 2018, Christian Michel was extradited from Dubai to India.
Michel is among the three alleged middlemen being probed in the case by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The others are Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa. Both CBI and ED had notified an Interpol red corner notice (RCN) against him after the court issued a non-bailable warrant against him.
The CBI has alleged there was an estimated loss of Euro 398.21 million (about Rs 2,666 crore) to the exchequer in the deal that was signed on February 8, 2010 for the supply of VVIP choppers worth Euro 556.262 million. The ED, in its charge sheet filed against Michel in June 2016, had alleged that he received EUR 30 million (about Rs 225 crore) from AgustaWestland.