Extradition and Deportation in India

[Abstract] India’s laws in respect of extradition and deportation, both colonial inheritances, have an uneasy relationship. Extradition and deportation are unique powers that stand apart from regular criminal law for their control by executive discretion. In relation to deportation, executive discretion is almost absolute to create an unfettered power to remove foreigners. On the other hand, extradition law is bound by due process, even if the legacy of colonialism retains dual procedures in the Extradition Act to favour special countries. Subjecting the extradition law to the overriding power of deportation will result in “disguised extraditions”, which may be liable to judicial review.