Washington, March 23
The Biden administration has urged a federal court to certify India’s request to extradite Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana, who is sought for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. Assistant US Attorney John J Lulejian, in his submission before a federal US court in Los Angeles, said Rana, 59, met the criteria to be extradited to India for his trial in the Mumbai terrorist attack. On February 4, Rana’s attorney had opposed his extradition.
US District Court Judge in Los Angeles Jacqueline Chooljian has scheduled the extradition hearing for April 22.
“The United States respectfully requests that following the April 22, 2021, extradition hearing, the Court certify India’s request for Rana’s extradition for the Secretary of State’s surrender decision,” Lulejian said in his 61-page court submission on Monday — PTI