Purulia arms drop case: CBI moots Davy`s trial

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 8, 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 8, 2011 - 20:53

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