Denmark asks India to send fresh Kim Davy request

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Mar 07, 2013 10:00 IST

Denmark has asked New Delhi to make a fresh request to put Purulia arms drop case accused Kim Davy on trial.

Davy had, in 1995, allegedly air-dropped hundreds of AK-47 rifles, anti-tank grenades, rocket launchers and over 25,000 rounds of ammunition over Purulia in West Bengal.

A Danish delegation led by Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Justice Ministry Jens Christian Bulow suggested New Delhi file a fresh request at a meeting with the Home Ministry on Thursday, promising the expeditiously process the proposal.

Government sources said the Indian team of officials led by S Jayaraman had conveyed India’s disappointment at the suggestion since it had taken Denmark years to decide on the first. But New Delhi may not have much of a choice.

A court in Denmark in 2011 had refused to extradite Davy in 2011 because of widespread human rights violations in Indian prisons. New Delhi is learnt to have pointed that Davy could serve his jail term in that country if he was convicted during his trial under the repatriation of prisoners law. In the worst case scenario, New Delhi is exploring the possibility of conducting the trial in Denmark.

Home Secretary RK Singh did not divulge details of the talks. "The talks were held in a cordial manner and there was a discussion on extradition of Kim Davy," he said.

 

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