27 January, 2021

Trial And Error

The Nadeem drama shifts to London, but does the Mumbai police have evidence to nail him?

Trial And Error

EVEN as anything more than indicatory evidence of Nadeem Akhtar's alleged role in the Gulshan Kumar murder eludes the police, the drama is next set to be played out in a small courtroom on Bow Street in central London. Britain's Crown Prosecution Service, acting for the Mumbai Police, will seek Nadeem's extradition to India, a case he strongly resists—all the makings of a surrogate murder trial.

Over the past three weeks, it became clear that Nadeem had no intention of returning to Mumbai, despite his declarations. In early September, he had said he would leave for Mumbai within 10 days or two weeks. But soon after, he hired solicitors Henri Bradman & Co to represent him. Nadeem told the magistrate before whom he was produced last Wednesday that he was planning to return to India but had been delayed by his wife's illness. He also managed to secure bail on those grounds.

According to Indian High Commission sources, the arrest by Scotland Yard came after the Mumbai Police sent a communication that Nadeem was unlikely to...



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