India hopes Kim Davy will be extradited after May 19 HC order

New Delhi: India is expecting a favourable verdict from a Denmark High Court on Thursday on the extradition of Purulia arms drop case prime accused Kim Davy, leading to his trial here.

A five-member constitutional bench of the Denmark High Court is hearing the plea of the Denmark government which challenged a lower court order against the extradition of Davy to India.

"Authorities in Denmark has been pursuing the case very seriously as it has been hanging for very long. Considering the gravity of the case, the High Court also constituted a five member constitutional bench which is expected to pronounce its verdict on May 19," an official said adding "we hope the order will come in favour of Davy`s extradition".

A two-member team of CBI has also reached Denmark to assist authorities there with the facts and evidence collected against Davy.

The CBI had registered the case on December 28, 1995 after sophisticated arms including AK-47 assault rifles, anti-tank grenades and other weapons were dropped from a foreign plane in the fields of Purulia in West Bengal on the night of December 17, 1995.

An Interpol Red Corner Notice was issued against Kim Davy in 1996 on the request of the agency.

Since he was traced to Denmark in 2001, efforts continued to extradite him to India even though there was no extradition treaty between the two countries.

The Danish government wanted India to ensure that Davy would not be given death sentence if he is extradited, which was agreed to.

The CBI had claimed that it has "clinching" evidence against Davy`s alleged "act of terror" and is making all efforts to bring him to India to face trial in the case.