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Delhi court recommends extradition of NRI to stand trial in UK

A Delhi court has recommended to the Centre that an NRI facing charges of kidnapping and confining an Indian girl be extradited to the United Kingdom.

A Delhi court has recommended to the Centre that an NRI facing charges of kidnapping and confining an Indian girl be extradited to the United Kingdom to stand trial in the case.

The court recommended the extradition of Kulwinder Singh Uppal after he agreed to be extradited to UK. Uppal had fled UK and was arrested in Chandigarh on August 26. “I hereby recommend to the Union of India to extradite… Uppal to the requesting state i.e. United Kingdom,” Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate,Sudesh Kumar,said.

The Centre,through its counsel N K Matta,had forwarded the request received from UK seeking extradition. It was stated in the request that the accused had fled UK after some other accused in the case were convicted by a Leicester crown court. It also said that an arrest warrant was issued against Uppal on January 29 by a Westminster court.

While recommending the extradition,the court referred to a statement from Leicestershire Police’s detective sergeant Narinder Singh Soand before a court there,in which he had provided details of Uppal’s offence.

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Soand had stated that Uppal had met a girl at a wedding in Jalandhar and asked her to come to UK to work as a dancer. The girl had reached UK in March 2010 and worked with Uppal as a dancer at Ilford and Bolton,he said.

Soand had said Uppal had forced the girl to engage in sexual activities with him and his clients. She was abused and threatened upon refusing to do so.

The girl left Bolton with one Jaswinder Singh and came to Leicester on June 18,2010,but Uppal arrived at her house on July 9 with some others and forced her into a car,he said.

Soand said the girl was taken to Birmingham airport next day,where she met a man and sought his help,after which police was called. During the probe,she identified Uppal from a photograph.