UK court inconclusively hears Shankaran case

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 00:31

London: A British court on Tuesday inconclusively
heard for the second day in succession arguments on India`s
plea for extradition of Ravi Shankaran, the main accused in
the Naval War Room leak case.

The Westminster magistrate court district judge Nicholas
Evans said, the court would meet again on October 19
(Wednesday). Prior to that the prosecutor would make their
written submission by Friday and reply by the defence for
Shankaran would be submitted by Tuesday.

The CBI had dispatched a two-member team to London to
assist British law officers in the trial for extradition of
46-year-old Shankaran, a relative of former Naval Chief Arun
Prakash.

The Indian probe agency had also furnished a 50-page
reply to objections raised by defence on a emails submitted as
evidence in the court.

Shankaran was arrested in London in May last year on the
basis of Interpol Red Corner notice secured against him by the
CBI which has pressed for his early extradition to India.

The document submitted by CBI contained views of cyber
experts and its opinion on the objections raised by an
independent cyber expert on the emails submitted as evidence
by the CBI, agency sources said in New Delhi.

Shankaran`s counsel had raised doubts about an e-mail
with an attachment of Sir Creek allegedly sent by Commander
Virender Rana to a person called Vic Branson of Inmaty company
in Belgium, which they claimed was owned by him.

Yesterday`s arguments mainly revolved around the alleged
email exchanges between Rana and Branson.

Jason Coine, the court approved cyber forensic expert
who had claimed that the alleged email by Vick Branson to Rana
has no date and time, was cross examined by prosecutor Ben
Brandon.

Coine earlier concurred that the email must have been
corrupted or constructed to which the prosecutor countered
"If it is the case, the government of India has concocted the
email".

The court-approved forensic experts, as quoted by the
accused`s counsel, had claimed that the alleged e-mail by Vic
Branson to Rana had no date and time and an independent court
approved expert has confirmed that it is not possible to
create an email, type 11 words, attach 8 documents and then
save it all in just two seconds.

The CBI in the reply provided to British law officers
has tried to buttress its claim that emails were genuine, the
sources said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 00:29

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