NEW DELHI: A Delhi court has directed the Centre to extradite an NRI to the United States who is facing trial in an alleged bank fraud case there.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Jyoti Kler passed the direction to send fugitive Rajiv Chander Kant Shah, after noting that there was a prima facie case against him for initiating trial.
The court said, "there is a prima facie case against the FC (fugitive criminal) as there is sufficient material on record to send him for trial." Following the order, Shah was taken into custody.
Shah was accused of various offences committed between September 1998 to March 2000, which were punishable with maximum imprisonment upto 30 years by the American court.
Advocate N K Matta, appearing for the Union of India, said a formal request was received by the Ministry of Home Affairs here from the US government for Shah's extradition.
The arrest warrants were issued by a US court against Shah in 2000, which was followed by a Red Corner Notice (RCN).
The accused was apprehended at the Immigration Counter of IGI Airport in January 2002 on the basis of RCN. However, he was granted bail later.
Shah had claimed before the court that there was no case pending against him in the USA.