The United Arab Emirates officials have requested India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for local prosecution of 16 Indian absconders from the gulf country. These Indian nationals are wanted in different cases of fraud and murder in the UAE, officials said on Wednesday.
The UAE and India have a bilateral extradition treaty which states that the nationals of the contracting states shall not be extradited to the other contracting state provided that the requested state shall submit the case to its competent authorities for prosecution if the act committed is considered as an offence under the laws of both contracting states.
The UAE Embassy officials have forwarded the request to CBI through the External Affairs Ministry. However, according to the Press Trust of India (PTI), the Indian agency has already registered FIRs against two individuals.
“The CBI has booked Kerala-based Rajaneesh Das who is wanted by the UAE authorities in alleged 1.5 million AED fraud in a Dubai-based company where he was working as assistant manager. It is alleged he stole aluminium strips he had sold,” PTI reported.
Another FIR is against Karnataka resident Soukath Ali Thirthahalli who is wanted for alleged embezzlement of 1.4 million AED in a construction company where he was working as Finance Manager.
Saudi Arabia has also forwarded similar requests through India’s Ministry of External Affairs. Based on these requests, CBI has registered at least one case against Abdul Rahuman, Abdul Samad Kamaludeen and Anish Sompalan of Karnataka.
A person has alleged that he had left three lakh Saudi Riyals with these three individuals before going for the prayer, but they escaped illegally from the country with the money.