Delhi Court recommends extradition of Indian fugitive to Australia for rash, negligent driving [Read Order]

Merely stating that there has been a racial bias and political motivation without cogent proof will not serve the case of the fugitive, the Court noted.
Rash driving
Rash driving

A Delhi Court has recommended the extradition of an Indian national declared as a “fugitive criminal” for rash and negligent driving resulting in the death of a pedestrian in Australia in 2008 [Union of India v. Puneet].

The Delhi High Court, however, on August 17, heard Puneet's challenge to the order and issued notice to the Centre. "Till the next date of hearing, the petitioner will not be extradited out of the country," it added.

The High Court noted that the one of the main grounds raised by the petitioner was that the request for extradition was received on February 3, 2010, whereas the treaty, on the basis of which the extradition was sought, came into operation only on January 20, 2011.

The matter will come up for hearing on September 20, 2021.

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