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Headley used Rahul Bhatt as a terror pawn?

Posted by :) on November 14, 2009


Filmmaker’s Son Could Be A Crucial Link In Probe

Source : Vishwa Mohan | TNN

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Rahul Bhat

New Delhi: Rahul Bhatt, son of film producer Mahesh Bhatt who was befriended by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist David Coleman Headley, may not be in the clear just yet. A senior officer in the Union home ministry said Rahul would be questioned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) as he was an important link in the probe into Headley’s long stay in Mumbai.
“No one has been given a clean chit so far,’’ said the official, adding the NIA is yet to gather all details to ascertain whether Headley might have got some work done through Rahul. The NIA — which has been mapping Headley’s contacts by screening his casual acquaintances, cellphone and email records — will call Rahul for questioning to verify certain details to see if they travelled “together or otherwise” in or outside Mumbai. “We will have to find out whether Headley had used Rahul and, if yes, how was he been used, knowingly or unknowingly,’’ the official said.
The mystery of Rahul (whose name appeared in the FBI affidavits against Headley and his accomplice Tahawwur Hussain Rana) was solved only when he reportedly contacted the Mumbai police after watching Headley’s name on TV channels and informed them about whatever he knew about the US citizen.
Till then, there had been a lot of speculation whether Rahul, whose name appeared in the email communication of Headley, was Congress leader Rahul Gandhi or film actors Rahul Bose or Rahul Khanna or for Shah Rukh Khan whose favourite name for screen characters played by him once used to be ‘Rahul’.
Rahul’s name appeared when Headley in his July 8 email to his Pakistan-based Lashkar handler (mentioned in the affidavit as LeT Member A) wrote while discussing terror plots in India: “I think when we get a chance we should revisit our last location again and say ‘hi’ to Rahul.’’
There is the suggestion that Rahul could be a good cover, as on the same day the LeT Member A replied to Headley saying “to see Rahul is a good idea coz have some work for you over there too (Mumbai). Matters are good enough to move forward…’’
The next day — July 9 — Headley responded: “When you say move forward, do you mean in the north direction or towards Rahul…’’ The same day LeT Member A responded: “I mean towards Rahul.’’
Rahul’s name appeared in more such communication with the last one being recorded on July 10 when LeT leader said: “There are some investment plans with me, not exactly at Rahul’s city but near that. Rest we can decide when meet according to your ease.’’ The analysis of this by FBI pointed out that the terrorist used “investment’’ as a codeword for “target’’.

UNDER THE LENS

Rahul Bhatt, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt’s son, was an acquaintance ofLeT terrorist David Coleman Headley
NIA yet to ascertain whether Headley might have got some work done through Rahul

NIA will call Rahul for questioning to verify certain details to see if they travelled “together or otherwise” in or outside Mumbai

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