India seeks Mirchi’s extradition

October 12th, 2011 - 11:05 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 12 (IANS) A day after Iqbal Memon alias ‘Iqbal Mirchi’, a close aide of gangster Dawood Ibrahim, was arrested in London, India Wednesday said he was a “wanted person” for his role in the 1993 bombing and was initiating his extradition.

“A Red Corner notice for the arrest of Memon had been issued and continues to be valid, which means that he is a wanted person and that we do seek his extradition back to India,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vishnu Prakash told reporters here.

“The processes involved for his extradition are being initiated,” he said in response to a query.

The 61-year-old Iqbal Mirchi is among India’s most wanted along with his boss Dawood Ibrahim and the two are accused in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts. Mirchi was declared a proclaimed offender by an Indian court in 1994 and had fled India in 1995. An Interpol notice is pending against him.

Mirchi, against whom an Interpol Red Corner Notice has been pending since 1994, is being interrogated by the London police in connection with a crime he had committed in that country.

When he was detained in London in 1995, the UK authorities had turned down India’s request for his extradition.

The Maharashtra government is understood to have asked the CBI Interpol wing to obtain custody of Mirchi and hand him over to it.

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