An Indian-origin man wanted for the kidnapping and murder of his business partner was tracked down to his house near Wolverhampton by The Times, the daily reported on Friday.
Baldev Singh Deol, 62, is reportedly sought by Indian police for the alleged murder of Ranjit Singh Power, who was part owner of a hotel in Wolverhampton. Power went missing while on a visit to Punjab in May last year.
“Mr Deol was seen yesterday at his home near Wolverhampton but, even though Interpol has issued an arrest warrant, West Midlands police said they were powerless to arrest him until a request was made via an extradition notice and they had not been given authority by the Home Office,” the daily reported.
“The extradition paperwork has not been processed in India,” the report added.
Deol told The Times by phone: “Of course, I’m in the UK. Don’t worry about it darling, I’m here.” He hung up when he was asked about an arrest notice over the alleged murder of Power.
A spokesperson for West Midlands police said: “This is an Indian police investigation. As yet, West Midlands police haven’t received any formal request for extradition proceedings from the Indian authorities. We remain ready to assist with any inquiries should a request be made.”