Avtar Grewal, Vancouver NRI, murdered his wife Navneet at US
& arrested at New Delhi airport
Court allows extradition of NRI fugitive to US
New Delhi, July 15, 2011: The Delhi High Court Friday paved the way for non-resident Indian (NRI) fugitive Avtar Singh Grewal's extradition to the US to face trial for allegedly killing his estranged wife in 2007.
The court dismissed his petition challenging a trial court's decision to allow his extradition.
to pronounce its judgement on September 30 on the extradition
New Delhi, Sep. 13, 2009
NRI Avtar Grewal, who flew to Arizona from Canada to kill his
wife Navneet, arrested at New Delhi airport in
2007- now extradition order are reserved by court
Ajay Kumar Pandey, an additional Chief Metropolitan
Magistrate will pronounce its judgement for extradition of Grewal
to US on Sep. 30.
Grewal is now arguing that his extradition to Arizona
for first-degree murder is illegal. He also argue that no formal
request has been made by Arizona or Maricopa County.
Arizona documents show that Navneet was planning
to discuss divorce with Grewal, who lived in Vancouver, Canada,
when she picked him up at Sky Harbor International Airport on
March 29, 2007.
According to evidence found at her home, the couple quarreled
and Grewal strangled his wife, leaving her face-down in a downstairs
bathtub before attempting to commit suicide
Grewal challenged the process for his extradition to US,
allegedly accused of murdering his wife
New Delhi, Oct. 01, 2008
NRI Avtar Grewal of BC, Canada resident, who flew to Arizona from
Canada to kill his wife Navneet, arrested at New
Delhi airport, India, has challenged the process for his
extradition, claiming it lacked the mandatory sanction from the
authorities in that country.
Avtar's lawyer V K Ohri and Akshay Malik said:
- The Governor of Arizona, Phoenix had never requested for the
extradition of the fugitive criminal which is in violation of
the Criminal Procedure Code of the US.
- There was no reason for the fugitive to kill his wife Navneet
Kaur as he had cordial relations with her.
- It alleged that according to the confessional note of Grewal,
admitting the crime was obtained forcefully in India at the
instance of Ratan Singh, the father of the deceased by illegally
detaining him.... her father was a retired IPS officer
- There are flaws in the autopsy report, we claimed that the
extradition documents did not contain any specific reasons for
the victim's death.
- Navneet Kaur allegedly wanted to seek a divorce from Grewal,
who was allegedly adamant, and had gone to meet her from Canada.
Avtar is in Tihar jail since his arrest on March
31, 2007. New date was fixed on October 6 for Ministry of External
Affairs to reply
may extradite Grewal to US, accused of murdering his wife
New Delhi, June 10, 2008
NRI Avtar Grewal will be extrdite soon to US from India for murdering
his wife in 2007 at Phoenix City according to Ministry of External
Affair's spokesperson. They already told the court that there
are enough evidence against Grewal
Ministry of External Affair's (MEA) under secretary, M R Qureshi
told the court: "It is incorrect to suggest that there is
no material to suggest that the fugitive is connected with the
crime for which the extradition is being sought."
Avtar Grewal claimed that extradition proceedings had been initiated
in a "mechanical" manner without examining the value
as evidence of documents provided by the US.
The United States authorities have already requested to the Indian
government for the extradition of Avtar Singh Grewal after his
arrest in New Delhi in April, 2007.
- Phoenix, April 10, 2007:
US police want to extradite Avtar Grewal
The official of Maricopa County, Arizona said, "Our police
want to extradite Avtar Grewal of BC, Canada resident who flew
to Arizona from Canada to kill his wife Navneet and he was arrested
at New Delhi airport, India."
It is also confirmed that it may take 40-60 days to file extradition
documents because there are numerous international bodies involved.
The United States is one of only a few countries that uses the
death penalty, extradition processes can take even longer to bargain
with a country that refuses to extradite if prosecution wishes
to seek capital punishment.
There is a unofficial report that Avtar and Navneet were planning
to come to India together but before leaving they had a fight,
which led to Avtar Grewal killing his wife. Avtar claims that
his wife kicked and slapped him and in a fit of anger he strangulated
her. He also says that he felt sorry and left a note saying that
he has killed his wife. After killing her, he claims to have tried
to commit suicide by slashing his wrist and then trying to hang
himself from the ceiling.
- Phoenix, April 03, 2007:
An autopsy is underway and Medical examiner officials said
Tuesday that Navneet Kaur, 30, could have been killed by "a
multitude of instances," but the case remains open and
authorities won't yet say specifically what killed her. Detectives
found evidence related to Grewal and the slaying inside the
home and signs that Grewal was suicidal, police said
Sandeep Singh, Navneet's younger brother, was the only family
member to speak to his sister on the morning of March 29, when
she called from Phoenix - just a few hours before she was reportedly
killed, the Times of India reported. Singh described Grewal
as a man with an inferiority complex who was very possessive
- "On March 29, Navneet told me that Avtar was coming to
see her," Singh told the Times. "When we could not reach
her over the phone at night, we asked our relatives in USA to
contact her. When one of our relatives spoke to Avtar, he reportedly
said that he was in Las Vegas with my sister, enjoying the weekend.
He also asked our relatives to not disturb the couple."
- "He put many restrictions on my sister Navneet and used
to keep her confined. A few months back, she wanted to attend
our cousin's marriage and asked him to accompany her but he said
he would not go and did not let her attend the wedding either,"
- Ratan Singh, an IPS officer of UT cadre who retired in 2005
as Superintendent of Police (Andaman & Nicobar). He had also
served as a DCP in Delhi. Singh, Ratan lives in Gurgaon and has
flown to the US to claim the body of her daughter.
- New Delhi, April 02, 2007: Additional Chief
Metropolitan Magistrate Kamini Lau sent NRI Avtar Grewal for psychiatric
check up because he had tried to commit suicide after killing
- The city court sent him for seven days judicial custody
murdered his wife at US & arrested at New Delhi airport
New Delhi, April 02, 2007
NRI Avtar Grewal, 32, killed his estranged wife, Navneet Kaur,
30, in the Ahwatukee Foothills, Phoenix, USA on Thursday. Avtar
was arrested when he landed at the Indira Gandhi International
Airport, New Delhi on Saturday.
According to the Arizona police, Navneet lived alone in the 4200
block of East Redwood Lane, near 40th Street and Pecos Road. After
two years of marriage, she was seeking a divorce from Avtar, the
two had split, and he was living in Vancouver.
On Friday morning, when Navneet didn't show up for work, her
co-workers went to her house to check on her and found blood and
signs of a struggle. Police say Grewal was last seen outside his
wife’s home around 10:30 pm on Thursday
The Arizona Police also confirmed that Avtar flew out of Phoenix
to Newark, N.J. on a one-way ticket, purchased a one-way ticket
to India. On Friday, Detectives learned that he was on the flight
The father of Navneet, a retired police officer who lives in
neighboring Gurgaon, told the news media that Avtar wanted Navneet
to quit her job and live with him. But she wanted to stay on and
obtain U.S. citizenship. This allegedly led to frequent altercations
Avtar, who has a MBA degree and was working as manager with
Starbox in Vancouver. He belongs to Punjab and comes from an influential
The Phoenix police and international authorities are working
with authorities in India to seek his extradition.
They were not on good termsafter their marriage in October 2005.
They were living separately.
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Avtar Grewal, who has a MBA degree and was working as manager
with Starbox in Vancouver killed his wife Navneet
at US & arrested at New Delhi airport
Navneet Kaur, the eldest daughter of an Uttaranchal cadre retired
IPS officer Ratan Singh
Mr. Grewal and Ms. Navneet Kaur married in Delhi in 2005, but they
had been living separately due to their jobs, said father of Navneet,
Rattan Singh, a former officer in the Indian Police Service.
“Grewal wanted Navneet to leave her job in Phoenix and stay
with him in Canada,” Mr. Singh told Delhi media.
“But Navneet, a qualified software engineer working at
a senior level, didn't want to quit. This led to strained relations
between the couple.”