Murder accused Rajwinder Singh granted approval for extradition to Australia

Key Factors
  • Rajwinder Singh is accused of killing Toyah Cordingley, who was discovered lifeless on a Queensland seaside in late 2018.
  • He has maintained since his arrest in India final December that he needs to return to Australia to face trial.
  • An Indian Justice of the Peace informed a New Delhi court docket on Tuesday she had written an order approving the extradition.
An Indian Justice of the Peace has given the go-ahead for Rajwinder Singh, who’s accused of killing Toyah Cordingley 4 years in the past, to be extradited to Australia.
Justice Swati Sharma informed a New Delhi court docket on Tuesday she had written an order approving the extradition, to which Mr Singh, talking through video hyperlink, mumbled “thanks”.
Mr Singh, 38 didn’t seem on the listening to in individual as a result of there have been no officers obtainable to escort him from Tihar Jail to the court docket as metropolis police have been preoccupied with safety preparations for Republic Day celebrations on Thursday.
As a substitute, Mr Singh attended the listening to through a video hyperlink.

His picture on the hyperlink was not clear and the angle of the digital camera largely hid his face so it was not doable to see his expression.

Toyah Cordingley was discovered lifeless on Wangetti Seaside, north of Cairns, after taking her canine for a stroll on 21 October, 2018. Supply: Provided / Queensland Police

Mr Singh has maintained since his arrest in India final December – the place he has a spouse and three youngsters – to face trial.

Mr Singh, an Australian citizen, labored as a nurse and lived in Innisfail.
The prime suspect in Ms Cordingley’s killing, he was arrested in India after a four-year manhunt that adopted his escape from Australia simply hours after Ms Cordingley’s physique was discovered on Wangetti Seaside, in north Queensland.
Australian police wish to query Mr Singh over whether or not he stabbed Ms Cordingley, who was 24, after an argument over her canine barking at him.
Australian police stated Ms Cordingley, a pharmacy employee, had suffered “seen, violent accidents”.

Her canine was discovered tied up close by.

Two men walking next to each other outside.

Rajwinder Singh (R) and his father Amar Singh (L) strolling to a court docket listening to in New Delhi on 7 January, 2023. Supply: AAP / Penelope MacRae

The court docket order, together with the file and different paperwork, will now be despatched to officers in India’s Ministry of Exterior Affairs.

Exterior Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar could have the ultimate say on Mr Singh’s extradition.
The Indian authorities has already provisionally consented to Australia’s request for Mr Singh’s extradition, which wanted to be signed off by the court docket.

Attorneys concerned within the case say it might take 30 to 45 days earlier than Singh is positioned on a flight again to Australia.