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Indian taxi driver extradited to Melbourne to face rape charges

New Delhi, July 10 ():Twenty–five year old Indian taxi driver, found to be guilty of raping a woman passenger  who travelled  by his cab two years back in Australia, was produced before a court  on Tuesday in Melbourne, in Australia after he was extradited from India.

Accused Jaswinder Singh Mutta, was extradited from India in the year 2012, after he was arrested by Indian police and was brought before the Magistrates in the Melbourne court on Tuesday.

On January 17, 2010, the woman who travelled late night in Mutta’s taxi was raped by him in the suburb of North Fitzroy. The accused reportedly raped the woman two times and was charged with two counts of rape and one count of indecent assault, said sources.

Mr Mutta was told by Magistrate Jelena Popovic, that he had been produced before the court for a hearing. The judge also noted that Mr Mutta and his counsel might provide access to the police brief of evidence against him before July 31.

The accused was kept in judicial custody for a committal mention on August 31 who did not show willingness for applying bail in the case. Mr Mutta is believed to have fled to India after committing the heinous crime,  was later arrested by the Indian police and was extradited from India in 2012.

Mutta surrendered to Indian police in January and was arrested after a warrant for his arrest was issued by Indian authorities. Information revealed that Indian government proposed the extradition order, following the appeal of  the Australian High Commission in New Delhi which posted a letter regarding the case to the Indian foreign ministry in the month of  August last year.

Report said that this is the first time an Indian national has been extradited to Victoria and a third time to Australia. It is also believed that while the accused was extradited to Australia he did not object to being returned to Australia.

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