Purulia arms case: CBI to persuade Danish officials

CBI has sent one of its senior officers to Copenhagen to convince Danish legal authorities to contest in SC the ruling of Danish HC rejecting the extradition of Kim Davy.

New Delhi: The CBI has sent one of its senior officers to Copenhagen to convince Danish legal authorities to contest in the Supreme Court the ruling of Danish High Court rejecting the extradition of Purulia arms drop case accused Kim Davy.

The attempts of CBI to bring back Kim Davy for facing trial in the 17-year-old arms drop case met a severe blow last year after the High Court in Copenhangen rejected the extradition case citing poor prison condition in India.

The Danish authorities which were contesting the case had decided against filing appeal in the Supreme Court, CBI sources said.

After negotiations at top levels, CBI has sent a DIG level officer to Copenhagen to convince the Danish authorities that all available legal options must be exploited, they said.

The sources said the purpose of the visit was to convince the Danish authorities that an appeal should be filed in the Supreme Court there.

The agency was initially contemplating to allow the trial through video-conferencing, but it did not take any final decision on that option, they said.

The sources refused to confirm whether any such subject would arise during deliberations with Danish authorities.

Denmark had accepted India`s request for extraditing Davy, but it was challenged by the Purulia arms drop accused in the city court in Copenhagen.

The Danish court had rejected the plea of the Danish government which was also upheld by the high court there.
The high court rejected Davy`s extradition, citing poor prison conditions including overcrowding, torture and human rights record of India.

The CBI in consultation with the Home Ministry has even tried to pursue the matter through diplomatic channels after which it was decided that an officer could be sent to Copenhagen to negotiate with the Danish legal authorities, the sources said.

The case relates to the incident on the night of December
17, 1995 when an AN-26 aircraft dropped arms and ammunition in West Bengal`s Purulia district.

The consignment had hundreds of AK-47 rifles, pistols, anti-tank grenades, rocket launchers and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
The crew of the aircraft consisted of five Latvian citizens and British citizen Peter Bleach, who were all arrested.

Davy, a Danish citizen and the prime accused in the case, had managed to escape.

The crew were released from prison in Kolkata in 2000 after requests from the Russian authorities, while Peter Bleach was given a presidential pardon in 2004 following requests by the UK government.