The Narendra Modi government has cracked down harshly on criminals, leaving no stone unturned to ensure that they face justice in India. From strengthening laws to signing extradition treaties, no mechanism has been spared, and these efforts have been showing results through and through.
The Delhi Police brought back to India infamous cricket bookie Sanjeev Chawla, involved with the cricket match fixing scandal of 2001. Chawla, who had fled to the United Kingdom at the time, was escorted back by the Delhi Police on 12 February 2020. The 50-year-old British national was a key accused in the match-fixing scandal involving former South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje in 2000. Minor paperwork is pending before the London Metropolitan Police makes the final official announcement.
The Narendra Modi government has been committed to justice is well recognized, and this extradition is the latest in a series of high-profile cases where extradition was successfully secured. Here are some stories of famous extraditions that had taken place in the past six years.
Law Catches Up with Arms Deal Middlemen
Arms deal middlemen, Deepak Talwar was brought back to India from the UAE in February 2019, who was allegedly involved with the Augsta Westland chopper scam. He was brought back alongside another middleman Rajeev Saxena, who was known for his involvement in murky dealings in the aviation sector.
Readers may also recall the extradition of arms dealing middleman Christian Michel, who was extradited from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2018. Michel, who allegedly played a role in AgustaWestland case, was successfully brought to book in India after a complicated extradition process. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval personally led the effort.
Putting Wanted Gangsters Behind Bars
In March 2018, Farooq Takla, an aide of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, was arrested from the Delhi airport by CBI. Though CBI did not officially comment on the issue, media reports quoted sources saying Farooq had been deported from the UAE with the help of central intelligence agencies.
Not to be forgotten, noted underworld don Chhota Rajan Alias Rajendra Sadashiv Nickhale was successfully extradited from Indonesia in 2015. Having been on the run for twenty-seven years, he had been in hiding in various countries of South East Asia, and was reportedly still in touch with some influential people in the security establishments in India. He too is now facing the heat of justice in India.
Bringing Terrorists to the Courts of Justice
Another famous extradition was that of founding leader of the banned outfit United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) Anup Chetia, which has waged a war against the Indian state. He was extradited from Bangladesh in 2015. In this case, Prime Minister Modi had to personally intervene despite the presence of an extradition treaty since 2013, and the efforts bore fruit.
The Modi government never ceases to ensure that criminals of all kinds end up in prisons, and will leave no stone unturned in the process. Criminals beware – this government is out to get you!