Snub to Centre on Salem extradition
New Delhi: More than five weeks after Mumbai underworld don Abu Salem was arrested in Lisbon, the central government is still struggling to work out a legal framework to seek the don’s extradition, reports our correspondent.
Government sources said Portuguese authorities have turned down India’s request to notify the 1892 Surrender of Fugitive treaty. Signed between British India and the then Portuguese colonies of Goa, Daman and Diu, this treaty was proposed to Portugal by the Indian government as an option to tackle Salem’s extradition.
The 1892 treaty does not exist, so there is no question of notifying it to make it applicable for present times, the Portuguese authorities reportedly told their counterpart here.
The rejection has come as an embarrassment to India as it reflects how well prepared the ministry of external affairs (MEA) was on an important international issue. The government is not happy with the MEA on the Portuguese response, government sources said.
CBI director P.C. Sharma had also met a representative of the Portuguese government at Interpol’s 71st general assembly session in Cameron late last month. During the meeting the duo exchanged information on what was happening with regard to Salem’s extradition.
Now the government is left with two options. Give a solemn assurance to Portugal that if it starts extradition proceedings against Salem, it would also reciprocate with whatever help is required in this or other criminal matters by Portugal.
India has this sort of internationally accepted diplomatic arrangement with other countries.
India could also explore the idea of entering into a fresh extradition treaty with Portugal.
‘Murderers’ proved innocent
New Delhi (pti): A city court discharged two innocent persons who were arrested on charges of murder, after the man they had allegedly “murdered” resurfaced.
Metropolitan magistrate J.P. Narain discharged Afsar Ali and Sadhu, who were held on charge of murdering Rakesh Kumar. Rakesh was produced “alive” in court on Friday. The magistrate left it to the duo to initiate “appropriate legal action against” police officials resposible for their agony. Ali and Sadhu had been remanded in judicial custody after the police said they had “disclosed” their “guilt”.
“If the disclosure statements of the accused were obtained by any police official by force, then they are at liberty to take appropriate legal action against the concerned police officials,” the court said.
Free e-mail for Dubai Indians
Dubai (PTI): Indians in a labour camp here can stay in touch with their relatives through a free e-mail service, which was inaugurated by the Indian consul general, George Joseph, as a gift to people on the occasion of Kerala Day.
The labourers in the camp can submit their letters to an e-mail facility in the camp. The letters will be scanned and sent to an e-mail box run in Kerala by a Malayalam daily. A computer training institute also trained some of the 700 labourers to scan and send mail to Kerala.
Bangalore (PTI): India will join hands with Israel for joint marketing of the indigenously produced advance light helicopter (alh) in the world market. Chairman and managing director of India’s aviation major Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), N.R. Mohanty said HAL will sign a memorandum of understanding with the Israeli aviation industry.
LIC officer in fraud
Moga (PTI): Faridkot police arrested Kuldeep Singh Matharoo, a development officer with the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) for allegedly committing fraud with the corporation. His co-accused, lic agent Vijay Kumar Malhotra, is at large. Matharoo was produced in court and remanded in police custody for a day. He had got a woman insured of Rs 5 lakh in the name of Gyan Kaur when the real Gyan Kaur had died in January 1999.
NSG guard serious
Ahmedabad (PTI): The condition of National Security Guard (nsg) commando Surjan Singh Bhandari, who was injured during the Swaminarayan temple operation, deteriorated after his blood pressure dipped on Friday. “Surjan Singh’s blood pressure dipped to 80 suddenly late last night and we had to give him fluids to bring it up to the level of 100,” a doctor said. Singh is in coma and under an artificial respiratory system.
Quake in Andaman
New Delhi (PTI): An earthquake of slight intensity was felt in north Andaman at 10.18 am, the meteorological department said. The quake, measured 4.9 on the Richter scale. It had its epicentre in the north Andaman Sea.
The Karaikal region in Pondicherry has secured first place in the national small savings collection. It has achived a record collection of Rs 3 crore. A rolling shield was awarded by the Pondicherry government’s planning department on World Thrifts Day.