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Anti-Sikh riots case on agenda during CBI-Canada Police talks

Paulson, who will be delivering D P Kohli memorial lecture here tomorrow on the theme of policing in 21st century, will hold discussions with CBI Chief Anil Sinha.

Published: 19th October 2016 07:29 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th October 2016 02:48 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

NEW DELHI: At least three pending judicial requests including one relating to 1984 anti-Sikh riots witness along with 13 extradition pleas from India may be discussed between the CBI Director and Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Bob Paulson who is visiting here.

Paulson, who will be delivering D P Kohli memorial lecture here tomorrow on the theme of policing in 21st century, will hold discussions with CBI Chief Anil Sinha.

They said at least three Letters Rogatory or judicial requests to Canada hovering around a corruption case, a cyber crime and examination of a witness of 1984 anti-Sikh riots involving Congress politician Jagdish Tytler are likely to crop up during the discussion.

The agency had taken over the investigation in the FIR registered at Bara Hindu Rao police station relating to anti-Sikh riots at Gurudwara Pulbangash in North Delhi where three people were killed on November 1, 1984, a day after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

It had filed a closure report and claimed that it could not get in touch with Narinder Singh, son of an eye witness who is believed to be in Canada.

Arms dealer Abhishek Verma had claimed that Tytler had allegedly helped Narinder Singh to settle in Canada.

Besides, the sources said, India is also likely to raise the issue of 13 extradition requests which are "under process", including for some wanted persons facing charges of terror and drug trafficking among others.
India had signed Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with Canada in 1998 to facilitate assistance in criminal matter.

After the signing of MLAT, Canada has so far processed eight Indian judicial requests relating to human trafficking, bank fraud, anti-corruption among others. 

So far India has processed two requests related to cyber crime and human trafficking which had come from Canada besides six fugitives having charges of sexual abuse of children, drug trafficking, and murder have been handed over to the North American country.

Canada has processed four extradition requests from India handing over fugitives having allegations of murder, kidnapping, and murder.

India does not have any pending LRs emanating from Canada, the sources said.

Among 13 extradition requests "under process" with Canadian authorities, seven are for alleged drug traffickers including several members of an international gang led by Jagdish Bhola.

Paulson will be delivering the prestigious D P Kohli Memorial lecture which "is organised annually by the CBI in honour of its founder Director, late D P Kohli. He was the Head of Special Police Establishment and Central Bureau of Investigation from 1955 to 1968," CBI said in a statement.

It said Kohli was a visionary who sowed the seeds for the evolution of CBI into an effective and vibrant organisation.

It was on account of his vision that CBI today enjoys the reputation of professionalism and fairness and has the confidence of all sections of society.

Commissioner Bob Paulson joined the RCMP in 1986 in Chilliwack, British Columbia. Prior to joining the RCMP, Commissioner Paulson served for almost seven years in the Canadian Armed Forces, it said.

He became the 23rd Commissioner of the RCMP on November 21, 2011.

He has worked in different capacities in areas of major crime, aboriginal & community policing, investigation of serious and organised crime etc, it said.



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