In a rather rare move, Britain on Tuesday sent one of India’s most wanted person from the country to India, ever since the two countries signed an extradition treaty on September 22, 1992. For 24 years, Indian security agencies have been frustrated at not being able to secure extradition or deportation of individuals from Britain on various grounds. Tuesday’s extradition of Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel in a 2002 Gujarat riots-related case does not reflect a change of approach in London, reports HT.
Patel, 40 did not oppose to the extradition but “consented” to it. He was arrested on August 9 and on September 22, home secretary Amber Rudd signed the extradition order. He was arrested after the 2002 riots but somehow managed to escape to London suburb of Hounslow, where he was arrested by Scotland Yard.
On the other hand, Tiger Hanif, an aide of Dawood Ibrahim in 1993 blasts in Surat refused extradition. One of his pleas to prevent extradition – that he would be tortured in Indian jails – was overruled by the judge in the Westminster Magistrates Court in May 2012. After which, he appealed to then home secretary Theresa May.
A Home Office spokesperson confirmed to Hindustan Times last week there has been “no update” on Hanif’s final appeal with the home secretary. Since the appeal was made, the Home Office’s standard response on Hanif’s case has been: “Further representations have been made to the Home Secretary in this case and they are currently being carefully considered.”
For long, India has sought individuals for various crimes from Britain under the processes of extradition and deportation. However, it did not meet any success till now. The list which requires extradition of 15 individuals includes names of Lalit Modi, tiger Hanif, Nadeem Saifi, Ravi Shankaran and Vijay Mallya.