NRI fugitive in USA to face trial in drugs case

Vastavam web: An NRI fugitive, wanted in the USA to face trial in a drugs case, has been granted bail by a special extradition court here as the US authorities failed to respond to Indian requests seeking clarification over the quantity of contraband seized from him.Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gurmohina Kaur, who presides over the sole Special Extradition Court of India, granted the relief to Sekhon till the time “any response/ clarification” is received from the US authorities, noting that repeated reminders to them had not borne fruit.Pseudoephedrine, which is medically used as a nasal decongestant, is a banned substance used as stimulant by addicts.

Kaur had sought the US response on record in the wake of confusion as the prosecution documents filed in a US court had said that the seized contraband was 311 grams, while the affidavit submitted along with extradition request had claimed that the seized drugs weighed 3.1 kgs.Sekhon was arrested from Mohali in Punjab on April 28, 2016 for carrying the banned substance and has been facing extradition proceedings, initiated by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs at the request of the USA with whom India has an extradition treaty.Sekhon, in his bail plea filed through advocate Kinnori Ghosh, has told the court that his fundamental right to liberty was being infringed upon due to no response from the US authorities.

“The clarification with respect to the controlled substance and its quantity recovered from the FC (fugitive criminal) is very essential in the present enquiry to make an informed decision and to bring out the true facts of the case.The judge granted conditional bail to Sekhon and asked him to furnish a personal bond of Rs five lakh with one surety of the like amount, saying “I hereby deem it fit to admit FC on bail till the time any response/clarification is received by Union of India from the USA.”