New Delhi: Top ULFA leader Anup Chetia, currently lodged in a Dhaka jail, will be handed over to India by Bangladesh immediately after the legal process involving his deportation is over in that country.

Bangladesh Home Minister Shahara Khatun said her country was committed to hand over the ULFA 'general secretary', against whom an Interpol red corner notice was pending.

"But please understand that Bangladesh too has a legal process that has to be followed. We have no intention to keep him even for a day. When the court issue is resolved, we will hand over him to India," she said at a press conference after the India-Bangladesh home minister-level meeting here.

"There is no problem... we (India-Bangladesh) are having very cordial relations. The atmosphere is very good. As soon as the legal process is over, we will give him," she said when asked about Chetia's deportation.

Arrested in Bangladesh in 1997 for forging travel documents, 54-year-old Chetia is under detention on completion of his jail term.

Since his arrest, India has been asking the Bangladesh government to hand over Chetia in different bilateral meeting. But his deportation has not been fructified so far despite efforts from New Delhi due to various legal issues concerning Chetia pending in Bangladeshi courts.

(Agencies)