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QUESTION NO.1164 EXTRADITION OF CRIMINALS

November 28, 2019

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1164
TO BE ANSWERED ON 28.11.2019

EXTRADITION OF CRIMINALS

1164. SHRI MD. NADIMUL HAQUE:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether the Ministry maintains a database of criminals convicted by India who are seeking asylum abroad;

(b) if so, the details thereof;

(c) the number of criminals extradited from countries of their asylum to India during the last five years; and

(d) what steps the Ministry is taking to extradite economic fugitives who are taking refuge in foreign countries?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[SHRI V. MURALEEDHARAN]

(a) No. This Ministry does not have any database of convicted criminals seeking asylum abroad.

(b) Doesn’t arise.

(c) As per information available, 23 fugitive criminals were extradited to India from various foreign countries in the last five years (September 2014 – August 2019).

(d) The Ministry of External Affairs makes all possible efforts to get fugitive economic offenders extradited to India. India has signed extradition treaties with fifty (50) countries and entered into extradition arrangements with eleven (11) more countries to facilitate extradition. It is the policy of the Government of India to conclude Extradition treaties with as many countries as possible so as to ensure that fugitive criminals do not escape justice. Extradition of economic fugitives is taken up with the concerned foreign Governments, including at the highest levels as appropriate.

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