New Delhi: The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday gave its approval for signing a treaty on transfer of sentenced persons between India and Nigeria.
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that India and Nigeria have undergone an agreement that Indians sentenced to imprisonment in Nigeria can complete their punishment in their own country and vice-versa.
"An agreement has been done with Nigeria under which Indians who are sentenced in Nigeria can spend their imprisonment in India," said Prasad after the meeting.
"We have already taken such decisions with 34 countries separately and this is the 35th decision. This also means that if any citizen of any of these countries is sentenced in India then he can also spend it in his country. This will facilitate them in meeting with their family members," he added.
The Government of India has so far signed agreements with the Governments of the United Kingdom, Mauritius, Bulgaria, Brazil, Cambodia, Egypt, France, Bangladesh, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait, Sri Lanka, the UAE, Maldives, Thailand, Turkey, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Russia and Vietnam.
Negotiations have also been concluded with the Governments of Canada, Hong Kong, Australia and Spain.