Court rejects Kohli's application

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Saturday rejected an application by Maninder Singh Kohli, facing extradition proceedings to Britain to face trial there in the Hannah Foster murder case, seeking summoning of 20 prosecution witnesses from Britain for his cross-examination saying that it was not "maintainable and lawful''.

Kohli through his lawyer, S.C. Bakshi, urged the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACCM) to summon the witnesses who had deposed in the case in Britain.

He had also sought summoning of the case file from that country.

Dismissing his application, the ACMM allowed the plea by the prosecution that the power of the court in this matter was limited to see whether a prima facie case of extradition against Kohli existed or not on the basis of evidence brought before it.

Meanwhile, the court reserved orders on an application by Kohli's wife, Shailender Kaur, alleging that the British police had coerced her to record her statement implicating her husband in the murder of Foster.

Earlier this week, Shailender Kaur filed the application in the ACMM court retracting her statement given to the British police.

Earlier, Kohli had accused the British police of keeping his wife at a secret place, as she was his prime defence witness in the case.

He had moved the United Nations Human Rights Commission and the European Commission on Human Rights.

Kohli had been brought here on September 10 last year on a production warrant issued by the ACMM.

He was arrested on July 15 at Kalimpong in Darjeeling in West Bengal and was later lodged in Chandigarh jail in connection with another case there.

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