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Hannah Foster case: Arguments conclude

Govt concluded its arguments in the extradition case of Kohli, accused of raping and murdering Hannah Foster.

india Updated: Aug 01, 2006 11:03 IST

The Union Government on Monday concluded its arguments in the extradition case of Maninder Pal Singh Kohli, accused in the rape and murder of British teenager Hannah Foster in the UK.

Arguing before the court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kamini Lau, the prosecutor explained with the help of the maps of London and images allegedly of Kohli's van in close-circuit TV cameras, the occurrence of events to substantiate their version.

Counsel for Kohli, Charanjeet Singh Bakshi, citing the transcript of conversation between Foster and Kohli, questioned the version of the prosecutor saying that it shows Foster telling Kohli her home address which is inconceivable if she was being kidnapped.

The conversation was purportedly picked up by the police on a call made on the emergency number 999 from a mobile phone in the truck in which Foster was allegedly kidnapped.

Bakshi also told the court that the mobile phone was not recovered by the investigating agency and the time of death also could not be ascertained.

The case now comes up for final arguments on behalf of defence on August 7.

Kohli, who is wanted by Scotland Yard for his alleged involvement in the 2003 rape and murder of the 17-year-old British girl, is facing extradition proceedings in a trial court. Kohli allegedly escaped from England on March 16 that year, two days after the girl's body was found.

He was brought to Delhi from Chandigarh where he remains in jail after his arrest on July 15, 2004 from Kalimpong.