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India steps up efforts to secure gangster Chhota Rajan's extradition

PTI
Published Nov 2, 2015, 1:54 am IST
Updated Mar 27, 2019, 6:46 am IST
Vice President Hamid Ansari is set to exchange notes on extradition pact with Indonesia
Fugitive Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, alias Chhota Rajan, escorted by plain-clothed police officers (Photo: PTI/File)
 Fugitive Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, alias Chhota Rajan, escorted by plain-clothed police officers (Photo: PTI/File)

On Board Special Flight: India will exchange notes with Indonesia to complete formalities for a pending extradition pact, Vice President Hamid Ansari said on Sunday as the government stepped up efforts to bring back underworld don Chhota Rajan from this country.

Emphasising on age old cultural ties with Indonesia, Ansari, who arrived in Jakarta on the first leg of his two nation tour, said India would enter into partnerships with the country on ayurveda, cultural exchange and renewable energy during the visit.

 

Ansari also emphasised that India should build its relations with other countries "at its own momentum" and not to counterbalance any other country's actions.

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During his interaction with reporters, Ansari said India will exchange notes with Indonesia to complete formalities for the extradition pact signed in 2011.

 

"An agreement which was signed many years ago, in 2011 if I am right, on extradition, for which an exchange of notes is taking place, that is a technical formality," Ansari said.

There has been much interest in India about the status of its extradition pact with Indonesia after Rajan was arrested in Bali when he arrived from Australia last Sunday on an Indian passport.

After Indonesia, Ansari will visit Brunei from November 4-6, which would be the first ever Vice Presidential trip to that country.

Asked about India's security cooperation with Indonesia and Brunei, Ansari said that with the two countries, there is cooperation at the level of Defence Ministry and armed forces.

 

"That is one aspect. The other side is security cooperation in the internal security sense. We are happy with the level of cooperation that exists at the moment. In-fact one of the documents (related to this) is going to be exchanged, during the course of this visit," he said referring to document exchange related to the extradition pact.

Indonesia, he said, is a maritime neighbour and also the biggest ASEAN country, which fits into the India's Look East and Act East policy.

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