Purulia arms drop: India-Denmark to meet tomorrow on Kim Davy
After months of diplomatic pressure, Denmark has sent a high-level delegation to hold talks with India tomorrow to find ways to extradite prime accused in Purulia arms drop case Kim Davy to face trial here.Updated: Mar 06, 2013 19:29 IST
After months of diplomatic pressure, Denmark has sent a high-level delegation to hold talks with India tomorrow to find ways to extradite prime accused in Purulia arms drop case Kim Davy to face trial here.
A 6-member Danish team led by Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Justice Ministry Jens Christian Bulow will hold talks with the Indian team headed by Special Secretary (Internal Secretary) in the Home Ministry S Jayaraman and explore options to bring back Davy to face trial in an Indian court in the 18 year-old case.
Official sources said the two sides will also explore the possibility of Davy facing trial in India and spending his prison term in Denmark, if convicted, and also the option to try him in a special court within the Indian Embassy in Copenhagen.
The Union Home Secretary had discussed Davy's extradition with Indian Ambassador to Denmark Ashok Attri in September, 2012 and asked him to push for it.
The Indian team will comprise officials from CBI, which had probed the case, the Ministries of External Affairs and Law while the Danish team will have officials from that country's criminal enforcement division and the Ambassador to India.
To put pressure on Denmark, India had scaled down its diplomatic relations with that country last year after it refused to appeal in the Supreme Court against a high court order which gave relief to Davy and refused to extradite him.
The case relates to an incident on the night of December 17, 1995, when an AN-26 aircraft dropped arms and ammunition in West Bengal's Purulia district. The consignment had hundreds of AK-47 rifles, pistols, anti-tank grenades, rocket launchers and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
Five Latvians and British national Peter Bleach were arrested in connection with the case. However, Davy, a Danish citizen, and the prime accused in the case, had managed to escape.
Since then the Indian government has been pursuing the case for his extradition to India with the Danish government.
The extradition order was passed by Danish government on April 9, 2010. However, Davy had approached a local court challenging the order of the Danish government. The court set aside the order.