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US Secretary request for extradition of a Mumbai NRI in a hit-and-run car accident


New Delhi, June 22, 2007
Randhir Sukhla

NRI, Ganesh Upendra Shenoy was driving beyond the permitted speed limit and collided with a car that was attempting to take a left turn at the intersection by Philip Mastropolo, a Mexican resident was killed on the spot on April 11, 2005. A criminal indictment report was filed against Shenoy in the Supreme Court, County of Nassau on August 8, 2005 following which his arrest warrants were issued on August 10, 2005. After the accident, he fled to India.

According to US government’s communiqué, Shenoy went missing after the crime. His identity was traced through his NY driving licence and Indian passport.

Ms Condoleezza Rice, US Secretary of State, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has moved a Delhi court seeking an inquiry into a US request for extradition of a Mumbai, NRI, Ganesh Upendra Shenoy as per the 1997 treaty with the US

Under India Penal Code and Motor Vehicles Act, the maximum punishment for negligent driving is extendable to two years imprisonment and Rs 3,000 fine.

In the US, the punishment for the guilty is at least 10 years imprisonment.

On Monday, Kamini Lau, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) issued an arrest warrant against Ganesh Upendra Shenoy