A fugitive in Australia, Rajwinder Singh, accused of murdering Toyah Cordingley in Queensland, on Saturday in a Delhi court expressed his desire to go contest the case Down Under.
Rajwinder Singh is accused of murdering Toyah Cordingley in 2018 in Queensland. He is facing an extradition inquiry in India. He was arrested on November 25, 2022, by Indian Police.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) of Patiala House Court Nabeela Wali said, “You (Rajwinder) don’t have a legal counsel, therefore cannot record your statement today.”
Later, the court provided a legal aid counsel to him to legally represent the accused. Advocate Love Deep Gaur will be the legal aid counsel for Rajwinder Singh.
The case has been listed for January 7, 2023, for further hearing, wherein the accused’s statement is likely to be recorded.
Earlier on November 30, the court listed the matter for evidence and directed the government authorities to supply a copy of documents to Rajwinder Singh.
On November 25, Rajwinder Singh was remanded to judicial custody. He was arrested and produced before Patiala House Court by the Delhi police’s special cell on the same day.
A non-bailable warrant was issued for the arrest of Rajwinder by the court before that.
Rajwinder was in Australia for 10 years and was working as a male nurse. The woman who was allegedly killed by him was unknown to him. He was married to a woman who was also an Australian citizen.
On November 25 early morning, Delhi Police Special Cell arrested Rajwinder Singh, who carried the largest ever reward by Queensland police of 1 million Australian dollars.
On November 4, 2022, via Twitter, the Australian High Commission informed the declaration of the reward of one million Australian Dollars on the arrest of one Rajwinder Singh, an Indian-origin Australian citizen, who had committed the gruesome murder of an Australian lady on 21/10/2018 in Queensland, Australia, and had been absconding ever since.
INTERPOL had issued Red Corner Notice (RCN), Control No. A-2639/3-2021 regarding the said accused.
The CBI/INTERPOL, New Delhi had got issued a non-bailable warrant, under The Extradition Act, against his name from the Patiala House Court on November 21, 2022.
On November 25, at 06:00 hrs. based upon inputs shared by CBI/INTERPOL and Australian counterparts, in an intelligence-based operation, the accused was apprehended near GT Karnal Road and arrested by Special Cell under sections of the CrPC.