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HC modifies Kohli's extradition order

The Delhi High Court dismisses a petition of Maninder Singh Kohli, paving the way for his extradition to Britain to face trial.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2007 03:38 PM IST

The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed a petition of Maninder Singh Kohli, accused in the 2003 rape and murder of British teenager Hannah Forster, paving the way for his extradition to Britain to face trial.

A division bench of Justice Mukul Mudgal and PK Bhasin said the earlier decision of the subordinate court in directing the Indian government to extradite Kohli to Britain was right.

On June 9, a magistrate had ordered the extradition of Kohli to Britain to stand trial for rape and murder of Hannah Foster with the stipulation that he be not hanged if found guilty.

Kohli had last month challenged his extradition order before the Delhi High Court saying that the judge of the lower court had erred in considering "false evidence" produced by the British police.

In a detailed petition, counsel for Kohli Charanjit Singh had claimed the subordinate court took into consideration the forensic report which was not scientifically based on DNA tests.

The High Court, however, expunged on Friday the trial court remark that Kohli was prima facie guilty of the crime.

The only recourse left with Kohli is to challenge the order before the Supreme Court.

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