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Six extradition requests pending with the US: Govt to RS

Government has sought extradition of David Headley from the US or direct access to question him regarding the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, even as six other requests to extradite wanted persons to India are pending with them.



New Delhi: Government has sought extradition
of David Coleman Headley from the US or direct access to
question him regarding the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, even as six
other requests to extradite wanted persons to India are
pending with them, the Rajya Sabha was told on Wednesday.

"At different levels, the government has indicated to the
US that India would like Davide Coleman Headley to be
extradited to India on charges linked to the 26/11 terrorist
attack in Mumbai.

"Government of India has also sought direct access to
question David Coleman Headley," Minister of State for Home
Affairs Mullappally Ramachandran told the Upper House in a
written reply.

He said the modalities of grant of access to Indian
investigators have to be confirmed by the US Authorities in
the context of his plea bargain which, inter-alia, binds
Headley to fully and truthfully testify in any foreign
judicial proceedings held in the United States by way of
deposition, video conferencing or Letters Rogatory, when
directed by the United States Attorney`s Office.

The other extradition requests made by Indian authorities
are for Narendra Kumar Gudgud, Bharat Popatlal Patel, Daminder
Singh Batra and Kanniyala Sethi for financial frauds. Besides
Amar Singh and Rishipal Singh in a murder case.

As per the Extradition treaty between India and the US
signed at Washington DC on June 25, 1997 and in accordance
with Article 23 of the Treaty instruments of ratification
exchanged at New Delhi on July 21, 1999, both the States had
agreed to extradite to each other the person who, by the
authorities in the Requesting State are formally accused of,
charged with or convicted of an extraditable offence.

PTI

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