September 2, 2021 3:18:25 am
A Delhi court has recommended the extradition of an Indian citizen to Australia to face trial for rash and negligent driving resulting in the death of a pedestrian in the state of Victoria in 2008.
The order has however been challenged by the accused before the Delhi High Court, which has issued notice to the Centre and put an interim stay on the order till September 20, when the matter comes up for hearing.
Additional Chief Metropolitan had, in his order passed on August 12, dealt with an “extradition inquiry report” of the accused.
The incident took place on the intervening night of September 30, 2008 and October 1, 2008. The Indian citizen was reportedly driving a sedan in a drunken state and allegedly hit a pedestrian, Dean Byron Hofstee, who died. Serious injuries were caused to another pedestrian, Clancy Coker.
The accused pleaded guilty to the offences of culpable driving and negligently causing serious injury and later in 2009 left Australia using the passport of another Indian national, following which a warrant was issued against him. Following a request for extradition and arrest, a communication from Punjab Police in 2013 showed that he had been arrested on November 29, 2013.
During the hearing, the lawyers for the accused had also argued that his client was targeted by the local media in Australia on account of his race and nationality.
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