The arrest of Vijay Mallya in the United Kingdom was rejoiced by many. He was granted bail a few hours after his arrest and a court has fixed May 17 as the date for the hearing on his extradition to India. In this context, let us examine the case of Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel. Incidentally, he is the first and only person to have been extradited to India after a treaty was signed with Britain in 1992.
An accused in the 2002 Gujarat riots case, he is currently lodged in a jail at the Anand district of Gujarat. He was extradited on October 18, 2016, to face trial in India after a Red Corner Notice was issued against him.
The extradition treaty with the UK was signed in 1992. The same came into force in 1993. Since then Patel was the first and only one to be extradited to India.
The extradition of Patel was a victory for India. However what one must also note is that Patel had not opposed his extradition. It was his consent that had in fact helped the British authorities process his extradition.