A Delhi court on Monday dismissed an application by Shailender Kaur, Britain-based wife of Maninder Singh Kohli, prime accused in the rape and murder of British teenager Hannah Foster, seeking more time to appear in the court and record her statement as a defence witness.
Dismissing the application, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Kamini Lau said the conduct of the applicant showed that she was trying to delay the extradition proceedings on one pretext or the other.
Later, Lau fixed May 20 as the date for final arguments in the extradition proceedings.
Lau had on Saturday reserved the judgement after counsel for the central government, AK Vali, had filed his written arguments opposing Kaur's plea for more time to depose saying that she was deliberately delaying her arrival in the country to delay the extradition proceedings.
He submitted that the witness had received her air ticket for a London-Delhi flight well in advance of its scheduled departure on April 26 but she cooked up the story that she had received the ticket an hour after the plane had taken off.
Delhi High Court had in March directed Kohli to produce his wife in the trial court as a defence witness for recording her evidence in the proceedings.
Justice RC Jain of the high court had passed the judgement on a writ petition by Kohli in which he had challenged ACMM court's judgement dismissing his application seeking permission for his wife and eight others to depose as defence witness in the proceedings.
Kohli is accused of the 2003 murder of British teenager Foster in Southampton, Britain. He was arrested on July 15, 2004 at Kalimpong, West Bengal and is at present lodged in Tihar Central Jail in the national capital.