India prods UK on economic offenders
India and the UK discussed a wide range of issues, including cyber-security, organized crime, terror financing as well as a need to put in place a mechanism for timely exchange of intelligence inputs on such issues
New Delhi: India on Wednesday told a visiting UK team of the need to expedite the extradition of Indian economic fugitives in that country.
This came in the course of the third home affairs dialogue between India and the UK that was held in New Delhi on Wednesday, with the Indian delegation being led home secretary Rajiv Gauba, and the UK home office team being led by second permanent secretary Patsy Wilkinson.
The dialogue covered a wide range of issues, including cyber-security, women’s safety, organized crime and terror financing.
The two sides discussed “a need to put in place a mechanism for timely exchange of information and intelligence inputs on such issues”, according to a statement released by the ministry.
“Detailed exchange of views took place between the two sides on Indian fugitives and economic offenders residing in the UK. The Indian delegation impressed upon the UK authorities the need to expedite the process of extradition,” said the statement.
The dialogue process was flagged off in May 2017, when India and Britain deliberated to smoothen the extradition process in the treaty inked in 1992.
The matter has now gained urgency in the context of India seeking the extradition of business tycoon Vijay Mallya.
Only one person—Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel in 2012—has been extradited by the UK since the signing of the treaty in 1992, in connection with the 2002 Gujarat riots. The ministry of home affairs said the extradition “was a time-consuming process and the individual and the country had to be given time to act upon the matter”..
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