India to insist on same conditions on exile as UK
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 20:54
New Delhi: Peeved over a UK court's desire to inspect jails here before extraditing an Indian fugitive, the government has decided to convey to that country that it would "reciprocate" in letter and spirit if requests for extraditing British fugitives come in the future.

The decision has come after a British court sought India's consent to depute a human rights expert to visit Gujarat jails to examine the conditions there before it grants extradition of Mohammad Hanif Umerji Patel, alias Tiger Hanif, the alleged mastermind of the 1993 bomb blast in Surat.

Hanif has cited India's poor human rights records and fear of torture in his plea to the court which is hearing the application for his extradition.

"The British court wanted to send someone to visit our jails. We have agreed, but also told them in no uncertain terms that when they make a similar request in the future, we will insist on the same conditions," an official said.

The Home Ministry's decision has been conveyed to the Ministry of External Affairs for informing Britain.

This came days after Denmark High Court rejected the plea of extraditing Purulia arms drop case key accused Kim Davy citing alleged poor condition of Indian jails and "violation of human rights" in prisons here.

Interestingly, last week, Indian national Aman Vyas against whom an Interpol red corner notice was issued for allegedly sexually assaulting four women and murdering one of them in Britain two years ago was arrested here.

A decision on his extradition to Britain is yet to be taken. Hanif was arrested by Scotland Yard last year on the basis of an Interpol red corner notice. An alleged member of the Dawood Ibrahim gang, Hanif fled India after the 1993 Surat bombings which left an eight-year-old girl dead and 12 others injured. Hanif is believed to have acquired a British passport while hiding there.

Hanif is a prized catch for India's security agencies as he may give information on the terror links of the Dawood-LeT network.


First Published: Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 20:54

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