An Accused Is Safe Till The Request For Extradition Is Merited: Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court set aside a total of six arrest orders against Vinay Mittal (an industrialist) who was accused in seven fraud cases for an amount of Rs. 40 crores.

The court concluded that an accused cannot be arrested in any case till a request for extradition is merited.

The petitioner has been charged in seven cases, for misappropriation with the funds from the Punjab National Bank, by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

In this case, as per CBI, after the Petitioner was tracked and his presence in Indonesia was confirmed, an extradition request was sent through proper channels to the Indonesian Authorities.

The help from a very famous case – Daya Singh Lahoria v. Union of India & Ors. (2001 4 SCC 516) – was taken, in which the Supreme Court outcasted that the Petitioner cannot be arrested in any other case until the pending extradition requests are acceded to by the Republic of Indonesia.