NEW DELHI: India’s hopes of getting Purulia arms drop case mastermind Kim Davy extradited from Denmark to face trial were dashed Thursday with a High Court there refusing to give the green signal to the Danish government.
The Eastern High Court in Copenhagen dismissed the Danish government’s plea to allow 49-year-old Davy, who is also known as Niels Holck, to be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the 1995 Purulia case on the grounds of “jail conditions and human rights issues” in India.
Shortly after the judgement was pronounced by a five-judge bench of the High Court, the CBI said it will request the Danish Ministry of Justice through diplomatic channels to appeal against the verdict in the Supreme Court of Denmark.
The new Union Home Secretary, Mr R K Singh also said the verdict will be challenged in the Danish Supreme Court. Mr Singh, however, said it is not a “setback” for India.
Davy said he was “deeply relieved” over the verdict. At the same time, Davy said he had asked CBI to bring evidence in Denmark so that the Purulia case can be held there. “They have refused to do that, which is what surprises me,” he said.
A CBI spokesperson quoting initial reports from Denmark said the “plea has been denied on the grounds of jail conditions and human rights issues which is a subject outside the purview of the investigation agency.”
The High Court upheld the decision of a lower court which had rejected Danish government’s move to allow CBI’s request for extradition of Davy after getting a number of sovereign assurances from India including that no death penalty would be imposed on him and permission to serve imprisonment, if decided by court, in Denmark prisons.
The Danish government had appealed against the order of the lower court before the High Court which had reserved its decision.