Davy fallout: India scales down ties with Denmark
In an unusual move, India has scaled down diplomatic ties with Danish officials to signal its displeasure with Denmark’s refusal to appeal in their Supreme Court to get Purulia arms drop accused Kim Davy extradited to India.delhi Updated: Jul 13, 2012 01:28 IST
In an unusual move, India has scaled down diplomatic ties with Danish officials to signal its displeasure with Denmark’s refusal to appeal in their Supreme Court to get Purulia arms drop accused Kim Davy extradited to India.
Instructions have been issued to senior officials not to entertain Danish diplomats posted in India in light of the “marked lack of cooperation” from Copenhagen to bring Davy to justice, a top government source said.The source said the security establishment could also start putting proposals and requests originating from Denmark under a close scrutiny. He did not elaborate but this could include greater scrutiny of visa requests from Danish nationals, a subject that is handled by the security establishment.
India is miffed at Denmark’s refusal to appeal against a high court verdict to extradite Kim Davy, who is wanted for the 1995 case when a foreign aircraft flying over West Bengal’s Purulia airdropped sophisticated weapons.
Denmark had initially accepted India's request for extraditing Davy who challenged the move in a Copenhagen court which rejected the extradition. The government lost the first appeal in the high court too and refused to move the supreme court, arguing that it had a weak case.
New Delhi even offered to lodge Davy in a special jail as an exception to blunt his case that Indian prisons were in very poor conditions.
External affairs minister SM Krishna also wrote to his Danish counterpart requesting them to appeal in their Supreme Court against the lower court order rejecting Davy's extradition. But the high level intervention also did not help.
Denmark instead told India that the prosecutor is not under the control of Danish government and his decision is considered final.
But three Danish law firms consulted by India to pursue its case against Davy, have suggested that there were enough provisions to appeal in the Supreme Court against the lower court order.
“It is against all civilised norms to harbour a terrorist. Despite being a signatory to many UN conventions, Denmark refused to act against the prime accused in the Purulia arms drop case,” a senior government official said.
First Published: Jul 12, 2012 18:25 IST