Mumbai, Mar 26: Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley today claimed that LeT commander Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi had told him about Ishrat Jahan ‘operation’ though he had also learnt about the case through the media. Headley, who testified before an anti-terror court here in the 26/11 case during his cross-examination on the fourth day, claimed that he had told NIA that “a female member who had died in an encounter in India was Ishrat Jahan” and other things but could not say why they were not recorded by the agency. However, he went back on a part of his statement to the NIA, saying that he did not tell the probe agency about Lakhvi informing him that “Ishrat Jahan module” was a “botched-up operation” and added that “these were my thoughts”. He also admitted that he had “no personal knowledge about Ishrat Jahan.” “When Lakhvi introduced Muzammil Bhat to me, he told me that he (Bhat) is one of the top LeT commanders and has done some operations like Akshardham temple, Ishrat Jahan etc… the rest were my thoughts… I came to know about Ishrat Jahan from media. These are my thoughts as to why Ishrat Jahan operation resulted in failure,” Headley said “No, I did not say this to NIA and cannot assign any reason why it has been so recorded,” he told Judge G A Sanap here. Also Read: Pakistan PM visited my house to condole father’s death : David Headley Also Read - PDP's Waheed Parra Remanded to 15-Day NIA Custody for Alleged Connections with Hizbul Mujahideen

The 55-year-old, who has turned approver in the 26/11 case, is being cross-examined by Abdul Wahab Khan, the lawyer of Jundal who is an alleged key plotter of the 2008 Mumbai siege, via a video-link from the US. NIA had recorded Headley’s statement in the US in July, 2010. On whether NIA read out the statement to him, Headley said, “No” and added that the agency just took down the notes. To a question, the Lashkar operative, who has been convicted in the US for his role in the 26/11 attacks, said neither he had requested the NIA for a copy of the statement nor did they provide it to him. He also said that this is for the first time that he was being shown his statement in the court. Headley said he told NIA that before Sajid Mir, Muzammil was the head of the group (LeT). Headley was then confronted with his own statement asking him why information about Bhat has not been recorded. To this, Headley said he cannot explain this. Also Read - Bengaluru Riots: NIA Conducts Searches at 43 Locations, Including at SDPI Offices

He also told Khan that he had told NIA about an “unsuccesful operation near police naka in India” but could not explain as to why it has not been recorded in his statement. Headley also said that he told NIA that there was a woman wing in LeT and the mother of one Abu Aiman was heading it. He further said he had told NIA that “a female member who had died in an encounter in India was Ishrat Jahan” but could not say why this too was not recorded by the agency. To a question, Headley further clarified that he had informed NIA that “this woman (Jahan) was an Indian and a LeT operative” but could not explain why this was not recorded in his statement. Relplying to another question, he said, “It would be correct to say that I have no personal knowledge about Ishrat Jahan.” Ishrat Jahan was killed along with three others in an alleged fake encounter in Gujarat in 2004 While testifying in February, Headley had said that Jahan, a 19-year-old student from Mumbai, was affiliated to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Also Read - Terror-funding Case: NIA Continues Raids in Srinagar And Delhi; NGOs And Trusts Searched