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India’s Chief Justice discusses extradition with Canadian counterpart

Among the issues discussed at the Sixth Indo-Canadian Legal Forum were extradition proceedings, environmental courts in India, and alternate dispute resolution mechanisms in the two countries.

world Updated: Oct 18, 2017 23:47 IST
Anirudh Bhattacharyya
Supreme Court Chief Justice Dipak Misra and his Canadian counterpart Beverley McLachlin (seated in front) with delegates to the Sixth Indo-Canadian Legal Forum in Ottawa.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Dipak Misra and his Canadian counterpart Beverley McLachlin (seated in front) with delegates to the Sixth Indo-Canadian Legal Forum in Ottawa.(Courtesy Jessica Deeks)

A delegation led by India’s Supreme Court Chief Justice Dipak Misra held discussions in Ottawa with his Canadian counterpart Beverley McLachlin and others on key issues such as extradition. 

Misra led the judicial delegation that participated in the Sixth Indo-Canadian Legal Forum. They were in Ottawa at the invitation of McLachlin.

Among the issues discussed at the Forum were Canada-India extradition proceedings, environmental courts in India, and alternate dispute resolution mechanisms in the two countries.

Members of the delegation also met the Leader of the House of Commons and minister for small business and tourism, Bardish Chagger, and the Speaker of the Senate, George J Furey. 

The Indian delegation included Justices Kurian Joseph, RK Agrawal and Uday Umesh Lalit, additional solicitor general PS Narasimha and the secretary general of the Supreme Court, Ravindra Maithani.

A statement from the Indian high commission in Ottawa said that “India and Canada share a similar legal system and, in the last fifty years, each has independently developed an unwritten constitutional jurisprudence that bears a striking resemblance to that of the other”. 

“There is considerable appreciation in Canada for the landmark rulings and judgements by the Supreme Court of India in recent years which have taken further the concept of public interest litigation,” it added.