PUNJAB-ORIGIN NRI GRANTED BAIL BY INDIAN COURT AS THE US FAILS TO RESPOND IN DRUGS CASE

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The Hush Post: The sole special extradition court of India presided over by Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gurmohina Kaur, granted bail to a Punjabi NRI fugitive, wanted in the USA to face trial in a drugs case. The US authorities failed to respond to Indian requests seeking clarification over the quantity of contraband seized from him.

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. The affidavit submitted by the US authorities along with extradition request had claimed that the seized drugs weighed 3.1 kg.

The judge granted relief to Kuldeep Singh Sekhon, 49, till the time ‘any response/ clarification’ is received from the US authorities. “Reply on these documents is essential to bring out the true facts of the case. However, no response has been received on behalf of the USA to date by the Union of India despite repeated reminders being sent regularly,” the court said.

The judge granted conditional bail to Sekhon and asked him to furnish a personal bond of Rs 5 lakh with one surety of the like amount. Sekhon is facing extradition trial in India for being wanted by the US authorities for manufacturing pseudoephedrine (controlled drug). He said that he had left the US as he was subjected to racial discrimination during the jury trial.

Sekhon was arrested from Mohali in Punjab on April 28, 2016, for carrying the banned substance. Extradition proceedings were initiated by the Union Ministry of External Affairs at the request of the USA with whom India has an extradition treaty.

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