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Centre’s Response on Puneet’s Bail Plea on Hit and Run Case: Delhi High Court

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Akanksha Singh –

Published On: September 15,2021 at 22:10 IST

Responding to a Bail plea filed by Puneet, an accused in the hit-and-run case in Australia, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to file its reply and later shifted the matter for hearing to September 20.

The bail was sought in a petition filed by the accused after he was sent to judicial custody in Australia for speeding and killing one.

Earlier, the Delhi High Court had granted an interim stay on the Trial Court’s order recommending Puneet’s Extradition.

As per the background of the case Puneet was charged for reckless driving, resulting in the death of a 19-year-old student named Dean Hofstee and critically injuring 20-year-old Clancy Coker, another student.

A case of drunken driving was registered against him by the Australian Police.

Later, he reportedly fled from Australia and came to India following which a formal request for his extradition was sent by Australia to the central government.

In the previous hearing, the trial court had recommended to the Centre for the extradition of Puneet following the offenses of driving guilty of causing death and grievous hurt, followed by improper use of a foreign travel document.

It also mentions that a prima facie case has been registered against the accused. 

Meanwhile, the petitioner challenged the order of the Lower Court in the Delhi High Court and sought quashing of the order of the lower court.

However, the Petitioner Puneet argued that the request for Extradition of the petitioner was received on 3 February 2010, is baseless as the treaty on the basis of which Extradition was sought came into force only on 20 January 2011.

In furtherance of this, the Delhi High Court stayed the Trial Court’s order till September 20 and restricted their movement outside the country.

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