`Danish refusal to Davy extradition disappointing`
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 06, 2011, 15:01
  
New Delhi: India Wednesday said it was disappointed with the Danish court verdict refusing the extradition of Kim Davy, accused in the Purulia arms drop case, on grounds that he could be tortured in India.

"The verdict is very disappointing," Chidambaram told reporters here, dismissing the charge that prisoners were subject to human rights violations in India.

"These apprehensions are completely unfounded," the minister said.

He said the government would file an appeal in a higher court against the verdict. He said if extradited to India, Davy would be tried in an open court on daily basis with consular access.

"Kim Davy will be tried in an open court. He will be produced before the court every day. He will have consular access," said the minister.

He said the ministry of external affairs had been urged to take up the issue with Denmark.

The Danish court, while refusing the extradition on "humanitarian grounds", expressed concern about reports of overcrowded prisons, alleged police torture and poor rights records in India.

Davy, 49, is wanted in India for dropping AK-47 rifles, anti-tank grenades rocket launchers and over 25,000 rounds of ammunition over Purulia in West Bengal on the night of Dec 17, 1995.

The Danish citizen recently told Times Now news channel that the Indian government and its intelligence agencies were aware of the arms drop as it was done to topple the Communist government in West Bengal.

The government and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing the case, have dismissed the allegations saying Davy was trying to escape extradition to India.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, July 06, 2011, 15:01


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