This is the second case of extradition of an accused from Britain to India. File photo
Crown Prosecution Service: Kishan Singh is accused of sending drugs like mephedrone and ketamine to India in 2016-17.
The CPS, representing Indian authorities in extradition cases in UK courts, said, “Singh was handed over to India on 21 March 2021. This case reflects the high level of cooperation between the British and Indian authorities and the joint commitment to ensure that criminals cannot escape from the purview of justice by fleeing abroad. Singh is accused of sending drugs like mephedrone and ketamine to India in 2016-17. He was arrested on extradition warrant in London in August 2018. He had opposed his extradition to Tihar Jail in Delhi on adverse conditions and on human rights grounds. He is likely to be kept in Tihar Jail. District Judge John Jani ruled in support of his extradition in May 2019.
This is the second case of extradition of an accused from Britain to India. Earlier Sanjeev Chawla, an alleged cricket bookie, was extradited from London in February last year. India has also requested the UK to extradite former Kingfisher Airlines owner Vijay Mallya and diamond trader Nirav Modi in fraud and money laundering cases, but they have been extradited so far.
Under the extradition treaty of India and Britain, India has been placed in the list of part-two countries under the Extradition Act, 2003. This means that the cabinet minister has the right to order the extradition of a person. According to the provisions of the law, the minister considers that the person who has been requested to be extradited cannot be given the death penalty. If he is likely to be given the death penalty in India, he cannot be extradited.
Singh’s arrest two years ago is related to the arrest of Commonwealth Games silver medalist Harpreet Singh and two other accused in 2017.