13 June, 2021

Holes In The System

India badly needs more extradition treaties to help the law

Holes In The System

INDIA has too few extradition treaties. A fact brought into focus when the CBI failed to extradite Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi from Malaysia for alleged kickbacks received in the Bofors gun deal.

R.S. Sodhi, a senior Supreme Court advocate who has dealt with extradition cases blames it on successive governments. "If we don't have more extradition treaties, we can't safeguard our legal system. Increased trade and travel make this essential". But why aren't there more treaties? One senior bureaucrat puts the reason down to "administrative constraints".

Although the Indian Extradition Act went into force in 1962, India has entered into only seven formal treaties and only nine less formal "arrangements" for extradition. "It is very curious why the Indian Government does not have treaties with either Hong Kong or Dubai which are favourite boltholes," says one legal expert.

While India has treaties with the US, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Nepal, Bhutan and...

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