Demanding death penalty for LeT
terrorist David Headley, BJP today said he should be
extradited to face trial in Indian courts for the killing of
166 people in the 2008 Mumbai terror strike.
"The sentence (of 35 years awarded to Headley) handed
down to Headley is perhaps for the death of six Americans
killed on Indian soil. What about the other people killed
across Mumbai in the ghastly act.
"BJP demands justice for them which is only possible when
Headley is brought to India to be tried by our courts," party
spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said here.
He said the sentence was only "partial" as it was awarded
by a US court under US laws for the killing of American
"We want him to be tried like Ajmal Kasab. No Indian can
settle for less than death sentence for Headley...We demand
from the Government of India to bring Headley to India without
delay as the crime was committed on Indian soil," he said.
The 52-year-old Pakistani-American was sentenced by a
Chicago court to 35 years in jail for the Mumbai terror
attack with the judge expressing his unhappiness over the
prosecution seeking a lighter term.
Headley had entered into a plea bargain with the US
investigators under which he escaped death sentence.