The extradition of Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana, who was involved in the plot of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, is expected soon. In fact, the Biden administration has filed an affidavit in a US court to support Rana’s application for extradition to India. The next hearing in the case will now be held on June 24.
US Government Attorney John J. Luljian has submitted a new affidavit in the case before Jacqueline Chuljian, a judge of the US district court in Los Angeles. Lulejian has reiterated US support in favor of the request for certification of extradition in the letter and accompanying document.
Regarding the fugitive Rana of India, the US Attorney said in the court, “The extradition of 59-year-old Rana to India is in accordance with the extradition treaty between India and the United States.” According to the Indo-US extradition treaty, the Indian government has requested formal extradition of Rana and the US has started the extradition process. The US government argued that Rana meets all the standards for extradition to India.
Lulejian said that the US requests Rana to be extradited to India. “There is sufficient evidence against Rana in India’s extradition request and Rana has not given any evidence to reject India’s request,” he said.
Rana is a childhood friend of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist David Coleman Headley. Following India’s extradition request, Rana was arrested again on 10 June last year in Los Angeles on charges of involvement in the Mumbai terror attack. In 2008, 166 people, including six American citizens, lost their lives in this attack. Headley, an American citizen of Pakistani origin, was involved in plotting the Mumbai attacks. However, he became a witness in the case and is serving a 35-year prison sentence in the US for his role in the attack.