British national Peter Bleach, who was convicted by a West Bengal court for his role in orchestrating the December 1995 Purulia arms dropping conspiracy, is likely to testify as a witness in a hearing. The Danish high court on Thursday will hear the CBI request for extradition of arms drop case alleged mastermind Kim Davy.
The CBI, which has sent a two-member team comprising a senior investigator and a lawyer to Copenhagen to assist Danish prosecutors in seeking Davy’s extradition, says it will indirectly oppose Bleach’s move through the Danish prosecutor.
Bleach, convicted in 2000, was granted a presidential pardon in 2004, which had remitted his jail-term.
“Bleach wants to record his statement as a witness on Thursday’s hearing, which will decide whether Purulia arms dropping case mastermind Kim Davy gets extradited to India. He is expected to insist that inmates are not treated well in Indian jails, especially in West Bengal. He will be recounting his experiences about his stay at two jails in Bengal and the fact that he had contracted a serious disease due to allegedly bad conditions prevalent there,” said a CBI source said.
On being asked about whether the CBI will oppose Bleach’s request, the source said, “We have no locus standi, since our team can only assist the Danish prosecutors in this trial and not participate in it directly.”