Denmark set to extradite Kim Davy to India
New Delhi: More than two decades after the Purulia arms drop case shocked India, Denmark has agreed to hand over Kim Davy, the key accused in the case.
There is a catch though. Davy can only be questioned, to start with. Denmark has insisted that he should not be taken into custody while being questioned.
On its part, India has assured Denmark over its concerns about human rights. "Davy will be interrogated in Delhi and in the presence of Danish officials. The Danish government last year asked India for details of the place where Davy, if extradited, would be questioned and lodged,” sources have told BTVI.
This development follows Denmark’s acceptance of a request from India’s Home and External Affairs Ministries - that Davy must be extradited and stand trial in India. Top sources in Delhi told BTVI that a CBI team will now travel to Copenhagen next month to discuss modalities of the extradition.
The move comes seven years after a Danish court refused to extradite Davy, the prime accused in the 1995 Purulia arms drop case, to India. For nearly two decades, India has been trying hard to extradite Davy, accused of dropping unauthorised arms, including hundreds of AK-47 rifles, anti-tank grenades, pistols, rocket launchers and ammunition from an An-26 aircraft in Bengal’s Purulia district on the night of December 17, 1995.
Five Latvians and a British national were arrested in connection with the case. Davy, the prime accused, managed to escape.
The extradition order was passed by the Danish government on April 9, 2010. However, Davy approached a local court challenging the order of the Danish government. The court set aside the order. Enraged, India downgraded diplomatic ties with Denmark in June 2011 when Copenhagen refused to appear against the Danish Court order rejecting Davy’s extradition order.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had raised the issue of the extradition of Niels Holck aka Kim Davy — an accused in the 21-year-old Purulia arms drop case — during his meeting with Danish minister Lars Christian Lilleholt last January at the ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ summit.
Subsequently, Denmark’s foreign minister Anders Samuelson visited India in November and met, among others, PM Modi and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj. India has redoubled its efforts on seeking Davy’s extradition in 2015, with the process now set to yield results in the months to come, added sources.