Order on Kohli's extradition reserved

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Monday reserved its order on extradition of Maninder Pal Singh Kohli, accused of criminally assaulting and killing British teenager Hanna Foster, to the United Kingdom following a few additional submissions by the Ministry of External Affairs. The court will pass the order on June 6.

Earlier, on April 28, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kamini Lau had set May 14 as the date for passing the order. However, with the Ministry of External Affairs making a few additional submissions, the court has decided to hear final arguments on June 1.

The Ministry had submitted earlier that Kohli was a "fugitive criminal" and his conduct of fleeing from one place to another to avoid prosecution made it a fit case to extradite him to the country where he allegedly committed the crime.

Kohli has been in judicial custody for over two years after his arrest on July 14, 2004, at Kalimpong in West Bengal. He is charged with the rape and murder of 17-year-old Hanna and then fleeing to India from the U.K. two days after the victim's body was found on the outskirts of Southampton in March 2003.

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