A Delhi court has recommended to the Centre that an NRI who is facing charges of kidnapping and confining an Indian girl be extradited to the United Kingdom to stand trial in the case.
The court recommended extradition of Kulwinder Singh Uppal after he agreed to be extradited to the UK to stand trial in the case. Uppal had fled the UK and was arrested in Chandigarh on August 26 this year.
"I hereby recommend to the Union of India to extradite Uppal to the requesting state, that is, the United Kingdom," additional chief metropolitan magistrate Sudesh Kumar said.
The Centre, through its counsel NK Matta, had forwarded the request received from the UK seeking extradition.
It was stated in the request that the accused had fled the UK after some other accused in the case were convicted by a Leicester crown court. It also said an arrest warrant was issued against Uppal on January 29 by a court in Westminster.
The court, while recommending the extradition, referred to a statement from Narinder Singh Soand, Leicestershire Police's detective sergeant, before a court there in which he had provided details of Uppal's offence.
Soand had stated that Uppal had met a girl at a wedding in Jalandhar in India and asked her to come to the UK to work as a dancer for him. The girl had reached the UK in March 2010 and worked with Uppal as a dancer at Ilford and Bolton, he said.
Soand said Uppal had forced the girl to engage in sexual activity with him and his clients. She was abused and threatened upon refusing to do so, Soand had added.
The girl left Bolton with one Jaswinder Singh and came to Leicester on June 18, 2010, but Uppal arrived at her house on July 9 with some others and forced her into a car, he said, adding the girl was held hostage at a house for the whole day.