Extraditions Of 9 Indians Awaited From Canada; Punjab, NCB Slow In Sharing Key Info

All of these are wanted in the infamous Bhola Drug racket case of 2013.

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Chandigarh: Nine extradition cases of 11 accused in drugs cases who have migrated to Canada from Punjab are wanted by Punjab Police and Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). But the extradition looks like a long haul since the response from the Punjab government and NCB is far from expeditious despite many reminders.

Out of these 11 men, while two have died, nine are wanted in the infamous multi-crore Bhola Drug Racket case in which the Senior jailed Akali leader Bikram Singh Majithia’s name too came up in 2013. Jagdish Bhola is an Arjuna awardee and was a silver medalist at the Asian Wrestling Championship Delhi in 1991. Subsequently, he became a DSP in Punjab Police before being suspended as his name came up in the multi-crore drug scam.

The names of these nine people whose extradition is awaited are Amarjit Singh Kooner, Gursewak Singh Dhillon, Nirankar Singh Dhillon, Lehmbar Singh Daleh, Amrinder Singh Cheena, Pradeep Singh Dhaliwal, Ranjit Kaur Kahlon, Kanwar Baljit Singh Salwan, and Parminder Singh Deo are wanted by the Punjab Police or the NCB.

Two others who too are wanted include Sarabjit Singh Sander and Ranjit Singh Aujla. Sander was found murdered in Langley, Canada, on February 10 this year. Aujla died more recently due to a cardiac arrest.

In the case of Amarjit Singh Kooner, who belongs to Fatehgarh Sahib, the Ministry of Home Affairs MHA sent an extradition request to Canada on September 27, 2016. However, the Canadian authorities found the extradition request incomplete. Therefore, an additional dossier was sent rectifying the earlier defects. At the same time, additional information was sought from the Punjab government on June 27 this year which remains pending.

The extradition requests of Gursewak Singh Dhillon, Nirankar Singh Dhillon, Sarabjeet Singh Sander too were sent as far back as April 12, 2016. But the Department of Justice DOJ Canada found various discrepancies in the extradition request. Fresh requests were also sent but to no avail. At the same time, the Ministry of Home Affairs MHA sought more information from the Punjab government this year which is yet to be furnished.

The extradition request of Lehmbar Singh Daleh from Fatehgarh Sahib was sent to the Canadian authorities on May 11, 2016. The Canadian authorities (its Department of Justice) pointed out various discrepancies in the original request. The Ministry of Home Affairs MHA sought more information on at least five occasions from Punjab to rectify the discrepancies. The Punjab government’s response remains awaited.

In the case of Amrinder Singh Cheena, who also belongs to Fatehgarh Sahib, the extradition request was sent to Canada on November 23, 2016. Subsequently, as demanded by the Canadian Department of Justice rectified requests were sent. Simultaneous appeals, at least on five occasions were made to the Punjab government but to no avail.

Similarly, Pradeep Singh Dhaliwal who too is wanted in the Bhola drug racket case, extradition request was sent to Canada on September 27, 2016. In his case too, the Canadian authorities wrote that the request did not satisfy the requirements of the Canadian extradition law. Therefore, additional documents were sought from the Indian authorities.

Even as Indian authorities kept sending additional documents to the Department of Justice Canada, back home it kept asking the Punjab government to furnish the requisite information. On May 30 this year, it sent the fifth reminder to the Punjab government. The reply to which remains awaited.

In the case of Ranjit Kaur Kahlon and Ranjit Singh Aujla also, extradition requests were rejected by the Canadian authorities at least once and ever since more information has been sought from the Punjab government by the MHA.

On May 30 this year, a fifth reminder was sent to the Punjab government regarding this. Though, Aujla died of cardiac arrest recently.

Similarly, the extradition files of Kanwar Baljit Singh Salwan and Parminder Singh Deo were also sent to the Department of Justice, Canada, and were rejected. Subsequently, the MHA sought intervention in terms of additional documents from NCB in the case of Kanwar Baljit. The intervention was sought on May 30.

The extradition case of Parminder Singh Deo, who has a case pending against him in Patiala, is pending with the Canadian authorities.

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