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India and Nepal to sign extradition treaty

The new extradition treaty will be useful to nab criminals who cross the border after indulging in criminal activities.

india Updated: Oct 02, 2006 01:01 IST

India and Nepal will sign an extradition treaty and a treaty on mutual legal assistance, aimed at combating terrorism and cross-border criminal activities, during Nepalese Home Minister's visit to New Delhi beginning October 4.

Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitoula is leaving for India on October 4 leading a high-level delegation to sign the Extradition Treaty and the Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) between the two countries in New Delhi next week.

These agreements would replace the five-decade old treaty that has become obsolete, sources close to the Home Minister said.

The new extradition treaty will be useful to nab criminals who cross the border after indulging in criminal activities. The MLA will facilitate legal aspects of implementing the extradition treaty.

The two treaties were initialed by the Home Secretaries of Nepal and India in New Delhi on January 20, 2005.

Then, it was agreed that the treaties would come into force after the Home Ministers of the two countries sign it.

However, delay was caused in finalizing the treaty following King Gyanendra's royal coup in February 2005.

According to officials in Kathmandu, the revised treaty and MLA have provisions that would help investigators of the two countries reach the suspects and smoothly allow court proceedings.

The two treaties were aimed at checking the possible nexus between extremists of the two countries, combating terrorism and other cross-border criminal activities, they said.