Purulia arms drop case: CBI moots Davy`s trial
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 08, 2011, 20:53
  
New Delhi: India is likely to offer Denmark for holding a trial of Purulia arms drop case accused Kim Davy in that country only after its high court had rejected his extradition citing poor prisons quality here.

Official sources privy to the development said the CBI, which is probing the case, will soon take legal opinion on the matter and may send a proposal to Denmark to further the issue.

They said the proposal for holding Davy's trial in Denmark's capital Copenhagen was also discussed by CBI Director AP Singh with his Danish counterpart in Vietnam.

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 rejected the plea of the Danish government which was also upheld by the high court.

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 Ministry of Home Affairs, is trying to pursue the matter through diplomatic channels.

Sources said a final decision is this regard may be taken soon.

In December 1995, an AN-26 aircraft dropped arms and ammunition in Purulia district of West Bengal. 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 prime accused in the case, 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.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, November 08, 2011, 20:53


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