Formal request for the extradition of controversial preacher Zakir Naik

Yesterday, the Indian foreign ministry confirmed that they have made a formal request to Malaysia for the extradition of Zakir Naik.
Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar has stated:
“At this stage, our request is under the active consideration of the Malaysian side. Our High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur is in touch with Malaysian authorities.”
Mr Naik is wanted by Indian authorities over allegations of money laundering and spreading extremism including giving speeches which were cited as a reason for a terrorist attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which killed 22 people. India’s National Investigation Agency is also investigating Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation, over allegations of money laundering.

Sanjeev Chawla case: India submits assurance on Tihar jail conditions

Last month, the High Court stayed India’s appeal against Westminster Magistrates’ Court’s refusal to extradite Mr Chawla. The High Court requested details of the facilities available in Tahir jail, the jail where Mr Chawla would likely be imprisoned if he were to be extradited to India.

Mr Chawla’s extradition was requested in connection with his alleged role in match-fixing during South Africa’s tour of India in 2000. If he is extradited to India, and imprisoned in Tahir jail, the Home Ministry of India has explained that he will have access to his own toilet facilities and guaranteed medical treatment. The assurance also detailed the ways in which he will be protected from violence within the jail.
This is the third assurance given to the High Court by India in this case. It hopes to alleviate the concern of the High Court judges that Mr Chawla faces a real risk of his human rights being breached due to the conditions within Tahir jail. The previous two assurances were deemed ‘inadequate’ by the High Court.

It is not unusual for the UK courts to request assurances from India in relation to extradition cases. If Mr Chawla is successfully extradited to India, this will be the first contested extradition case from the UK to India to succeed since India and the UK entered an extradition treaty in 1992.

Extradition to India: Vijay Mallya

Westminster Magistrates’ Court has scheduled the judgment in the Vijay Mallya extradition case for the 11th July 2018. Mr Mallya is hoping to convince the court that he faces political persecution, an unfair trial and breaches of his human rights if he is returned to India to face numerous money laundering and financial crime charges If it is decided that Mr Mallya should be extradited to India, then this will be the first successful contested extradition from the UK to India since both states signed an extradition treaty in 1992. Depending on the decision, either the CPS, on behalf of the Indian Government, or Mr Mallya will have the chance to appeal to the High Court.

India granted leave to appeal in unsuccessful UK extradition request for Sanjeev Chawla

India has been granted leave to appeal its unsuccessful UK extradition request for Sanjeev Kumar Chawla, a bookmaker wanted on suspicion of match fixing during South Africa’s tour of India in 2000.

The first instance court found that there were strong grounds for believing that Mr Chawla’s human rights would be violated if he was extradited to India “due to overcrowding, lack of medical provision, and risk of being subjected to torture and violence from other inmates or prison staff” in the Tihar prison complex where he would be held. The Court said that “the monitoring systems which exist in India are not effective in practice” and noted that there is also no independent international monitoring of its prisons.

Acting on India’s behalf, the Crown Prosecution Service argues in its appeal that the Court failed to take assurances from India’s government on the conditions in Tihar jail into account.