India and UK signed two agreements on illegal migrants’ return, sharing intel

Vastavam web: India and the UK have signed two agreements on return of Indians, who are living in Britain as illegal migrants, and sharing criminal records and intelligence.The development comes close on heels of India seeking UK’s help in early extradition of liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya from Britain to face the law at home in connection with cases of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crores.The new deals reflect increased co-operation between the two countries, which already enjoy a close relationship, according to a British government release issued here today.

“The MoU on criminal records exchange will lead to British and Indian law enforcement bodies sharing criminal records information, fingerprints and intelligence,” the statement said.The agreement on returns paves the way for a quicker and more efficient process for documenting and returning Indian nationals who have no right to be in the UK to India, it said.This has proven difficult in the past due to some Indians not having the required paperwork or travel documentation for them to be accepted back in their home country.”As my predecessor in this role noted during his visit to India last November, we are determined to create a ‘living bridge’ of people, ideas, institutions and technology between our two great countries. These new agreements are yet another example of the value we place on our strong partnership.”

Details of the types of information exchanged through the MoUs and operational procedures, together with the details of any restrictions on using or disclosing the information will be the subject of further negotiations, the statement said.Rijiju was on a London visit at the invitation of Nokes’ predecessor, Brandon Lewis, following their successful meeting in India in November 2017.