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Government asks Singapore to expedite pending Letters Rogatory

PTI 04 Nov 2014, 21:56:17 PM IST

Monaco: India today asked Singapore to hasten the process of giving replies to judicial requests sent by country's investigating agencies.

This was conveyed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean during a meeting here on the sidelines of Interpol's plenary session.

"While discussing issues pertaining to legal cooperation, the home minister said that the pending Letter Rogatory in Singapore should be looked into on priority," a home ministry official said.

India has sent Letters Rogatory (LR) to Singapore in connection with CBI probe in Tatra all-terrain vehicle purchase scam and 2G telecom spectrum scam among others.

Letters Rogatory is a formal communication in writing sent by the court in which action is pending to a foreign court or judge requesting the testimony of a witness residing within the jurisdiction of that foreign court may be formally taken thereon under its direction and transmitted to the issuing court making such request for use in a pending legal contest or action.

Appreciating the cooperation from Singapore in the field of security and police matters, economic and culture, the home minister suggested that Singapore may consider setting up a world class skill development centre in India.