CBI team in London to help in extradition of Shankaran

Ravi Shankaran is the main accused in the Naval War Room leak case.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: October 10, 2011 9:23 pm

The CBI has despatched a two-member team to London to assist British law officers in the trial for extradition of Ravi Shankaran,the main accused in the Naval War Room leak case.

The Indian probe agency has also furnished a 50-page reply to objections raised by defence on an email submitted as evidence in the court.

A Westminster court is hearing the case relating to the extradition of 46-year-old Shankaran,who was arrested in London last year on the basis of Interpol Red Corner notice secured against him by the CBI. The hearing is due to commence later in the day.

The document submitted carries views of cyber experts and its opinion on the objections raised by an independent cyber expert on the emails submitted as evidence by the CBI,agency sources said here today.

Shankaran’s counsel had raised doubts about an e-mail with an attachment of Sir Creek sent by Commander Virender Rana to a person called Vic Branson of Inmaty company in Belgium,which they claimed was owned by him.

The court-approved forensic experts,as quoted by the accused’s counsel,had claimed that the alleged e-mail by Vic Branson to Rana had no date and time and an independent court approved expert has confirmed that it is not possible to create an email,type 11 words,attach 8 documents and then save it all in just two seconds.

The CBI in the reply provided to British law officers has tried to buttress its claim that emails were genuine,the sources said.

Shankaran,whose passport was revoked by the Ministry of External Affairs on May 1,2006,has been evading arrest in connection with the Naval War room leak case for over five years now. After the case was handed over to CBI,Shankaran,kin of former Naval Chief Arun Prakash,had fled the country.

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