India and Britain will set up a ministerial level initiative to address issues like crime, extradition, visa and organised crime related issues….reports Asian Lite News
India asked Britain to extradite nearly 60 people including Kingfisher’s Vijay Mallya and Chirstian Michael, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland helicopter deal, to India to face charges.
Both the countries have also agreed to hold annual strategic dialogue to deal with issues like terrorism, organised crimes, visa and immigration matters.
The Indian list of around 60 wanted people was handed over to Britain during the bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Theresa May. Britain also handed over to India a list of 17 people whose custody it seeks under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty or against whom Letters Rogatories had been issued, official sources said.
“Extradition is an important element of our engagement with United Kingdom,” said Jt. Secretary (Europe West), Mr Randhir Jaiswal.
The joint statement issued after the meeting said: “The two Prime Ministers affirmed the strong commitment to enhance cooperation under Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty. The two leaders agreed that fugitives and criminals should not be allowed to escape the law.”
“That demonstrates the commitment that is there on both sides to do their best,” Mr Jaiswal added. “They expressed their strong commitment to facilitate outstanding extradition requests from both sides. In this context they directed that the officials dealing with the extradition matters from both sides should meet at the earliest to develop better understanding of each other’s legal processes, requirements and share best practices, identify the causes of delay and expedite pending requests.”
The two countries agreed not to allow fugitives and criminals escape law and resolved to facilitate outstanding extradition requests.
Besides Mallya and Michael, former IPL boss Lalit Modi is also living in India on flimsy grounds. Michel is a British citizen and wanted by CBI while Mallya and Modi, who have made the UK their home, are wanted by the ED in money laundering cases.