The Delhi High Court today cleared the deck for extradition of NRI fugitive Avtar Singh Grewal to the USA to face trial for allegedly killing his estranged wife at Phoenix in 2007 after rejecting his petition challenging the order of a magisterial court on the issue. “A prima facie examination reveals that the indictment has been correctly made and that a prima facie case has been made out in support of the requisition by the Government of the United States of America.” “Once it is clear, prima facie, that the offence, for which the petitioner (Grewal) has been charged, constitutes murder under the Indian law, there is no question of invoking Article 8 of the Extradition Treaty requiring the Government of India to refuse extradition,” a bench of Justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Manmohan Singh said. The judgement came on a petition filed by Grewal, 37, against an inquiry report of a magisterial court which held that there was “prima facie” sufficient evidence warranting his extradition to the USA.
The majority of this article was published by PTI on July 15, 2011.
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