Moose Wala murder: CBI refutes claim of Punjab Police on extradition of alleged gangster from Canada

Chandigarh (IANS): A day after Punjab Police claimed that it had sought a red corner notice for the extradition of Goldy Brar from Canada for allegedly claiming responsibility for killing of Punjabi singer Shubhdeep Singh, popularly known as Sidhu Moose Wala, on behalf of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday clarified that this request was made after the crime.

The CBI said it received an email from Punjab Police with an attached letter of May 19 about Brar only on May 30, a day after Moose Wala was shot dead.

As per the federal agency, the proposal for issuance of red corner notice against Satinderjeet Singh alias Goldy was received on May 30 at 12:25 p.m. from the Bureau of Investigation, Punjab Police, through email.

“In this email dated May 30, a copy of letter dated May 19 was attached. Also, a hard copy of the same proposal was received from Punjab Police in IPCU [International Police Cooperation Unit], CBI, New Delhi on May 30. Even this request was received in the IPCU CBI on May 30, whereas as per information in public domain, the murder of Sidhu Moosewala took place on May 29.

“The Punjab Police did not present the entire facts before the media yesterday [Wednesday]. There was no delay on our part,” it said.

Earlier, a spokesperson for Punjab Police said on May 19, 10 days before the murder of Moose Wala, it had already sent the proposal to the CBI to issue a red corner notice against Brar, which would pave the way for his extradition to India.

The proposal was sent on the basis of two cases, one dated November 12, 2020, and another of February 18, 2021.

[According to Indian media reports, Punjab Police said that Brar, a native of Sri Muktsar Sahib, had gone to Canada on a student visa in 2017. Punjab Police allege that he is an active member of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang and that Moose Wala’s murder was in retaliation to the murder of Akali leader Vicky Middukhera last year. The allegations by Punjab Police against Brar have not been proven in court.]

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