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India-Bangladesh may sign extradition treaty soon

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 23:34

New Delhi: The Cabinet is likely to consider a proposal Thursday on signing of an extradition treaty with Bangladesh ahead of Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde`s visit to Dhaka next week.

The long-awaited treaty is being considered by the Cabinet after the Bangladesh government made minor modifications in the draft.

The extradition treaty, if signed, will pave the way for deportation of jailed ULFA `general secretary` Anup Chetia and many other insurgents from the northeast who have been hiding in Bangladesh.

Similarly, it will also help Dhaka in getting back its criminals who are currently lodged in Indian jails.
India has been pressing for Chetia`s deportation for long. The ULFA militant has been in a Dhaka jail following his arrest in 1997 on the charge of entering Bangladesh without valid documents.

He had, however, moved court seeking asylum in Bangladesh on security reason, making it `legally` difficult for Dhaka to execute New Delhi`s demand.

The treaty could be signed during Shinde`s three-day visit to Dhaka beginning January 28.

The treaty could not be signed during the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan to Dhaka a couple of years ago.


First Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 23:34

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