Gangster Ravi Pujari, who was extradited three years ago from Senegal, has approached the Karnataka High Court, seeking a speedy trial and argued that cases outside the scope of his extradition order should not be heard. A single-judge bench of Justice Krishna Dixit Tuesday sought the position of the Union government and posted the matter for later.
According to the petition, Pujari has been booked in 107 cases across Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan. “Even though there are many cases pending against the petitioner spread across different states, he can be tried only in cases that are mentioned in the extradition order Subjecting the petitioner to interrogation and conducting a trial in cases other than mentioned in the extradition order amounts to a violation of the extradition order,” the petition stated.
He sought trial in the pending cases against him mentioned in the extradition order and a copy of the extradition order to determine how many cases he could be prosecuted under.
“This petition is filed to expedite the proceedings in the cases mentioned in the extradition order and see to it that the personal liberty of the petitioner is not violated and he is not detained for an indefinite period.”
Pujari, who is currently lodged in the Parapanna Agrahara prison, has also sought permission to meet his advocate once a month.
(with inputs from PTI)