New Delhi: India’s premier investigating agency CBI is due to visit Chile to identify the detained Kandhar hijack accused Abdul Rauf, who was arrested last week by Interpol for possessing a fake visa.

According to sources, Yogesh Naik, senior CBI official and other intelligence officers have been sent to Chile to identify the key accused of Kandhar hijack case.

However, the reports claim that the CBI officials do not have photographs or fingerprints of Abdul Rauf. Besides, in the absence of extradition treaty between the two nations, and other legal intricacies it would be difficult for the CBI to prove Rauf’s identity before the Chilean authorities.

Notably, photographs and fingerprints make it easy for any country to get the nod for extradition.
Sources have also confirmed that the sketch which CBI has in possession is also based on Kandhar hijack accused Abdul Latif’s description, which will not prove to be of much help.

In such a scenario, it would be difficult for India to convince the Chilean authorities for Rauf’s extradition.

Chilean police arrested Abdul Rauf on the basis of Interpol’s red corner notice and informed India, which later decided to send a team of CBI officials to Santiago.

Ministry of External Affairs has asked the agency to explore the possibilities for extradition with Chilean government.

Rauf is wanted in India on suspicion of being one of the key conspirators of the Kandhar hijack case.

JPN/Bureau