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Indian court adjourns Puneet extradition

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A New Delhi court has adjourned hearing an extradition case for an Indian driver who fled Australia after a fatal car crash.

It’s alleged that Puneet Puneet, 24, hit two students aged 19 and 20 as they walked across a road in Melbourne in 2008. One of them died at the scene.

Puneet was allegedly driving at 148 kilometres an hour – more than double the legal limit in the area and said he also tested positive for alcohol.

Puneet, who only had a provisional driver’s licence at the time, was charged with culpable driving and negligently causing serious injury, but later fled on bail using a fellow Indian’s passport.

After four years on the run, he was arrested in November 2013 in the northern state of Punjab, and in December his lawyer told a Delhi court he wanted the trial to continue in India because of the “hatred towards Indian students in Australia”.

Prosecutors say the Indian government has already agreed to extradition and the court just needed to submit a report to the government for the process to go ahead.

On Thursday, Asian News International reported Puneet’s case had been adjourned until February 6.

ANI reported the adjournment was “due to absence of some senior members of the counsel”.

Puneet is reportedly being held in Delhi’s Tihar jail.