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City court rejects Kohli's wife plea

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New Delhi, Apr 17 (UNI) A city court today rejected the plea of Shailendra Kaur, the wife of the fugitive and prime accused Maninder Pal Singh Kohli to allow her more time to record her evidence in the rape and murder of British teenager Hannah Foster.

After hearing the arguments of both the prosecution and the defence, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Kamini Lau rejected Ms Kaur's application.

However, ''in view of the difficulty encountered by the witness and in the interest of the justice so as to prevent any delay, the court granted one more opportunity to Kohli for producing of his witness April 29 for examination, the next date of hearing in the case,'' Ms Lau said in her order.

Ms Kaur, a defence witness in the case has requested the court to allow her time till August 2006 for getting her evidence recorded.

She also requested the court, to grant her assistance to enable her to arrange visa and travel expenses.

Ms Kaur through her counsel C S Bakshi stated in her application that, she was not in a position to arrange for the necessary funds to come to India. It was also very difficult for her to leave her young school going children aged around 8 and 10 years alone in UK.

The application also stated that, she had come to India earlier last year leaving her child alone which had severely affected their studies.

The court also directed Ms Kaur to furnish her original passport along with the application which should be completed before April 19. The court also made it clear that, Ms Kaur would not be required to pay any visa fee for travelling expenses as the concerned authorities had already decided to bear the expenses. The state had decided to give the return air ticket to Kaur which she could collect from the office of the Indian High Commission.

Kohli, facing extradition trial for allegedly raping and murdering British school girl Hannah Foster in Southhampton March 19, 2003, was arrested on July 15, 2003 from Panighata in Siliguri sub-division's Naxalbari area under Darjeeling district while he was trying to cross over to Nepal.

Kohli was arrested under Sections 376 (Rape) and 302 (Murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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