Puneet Puneet fled to India while on bail before he could be sentenced for the 2008 death of Queensland student Dean Hofstee in Melbourne.
A bid to extradite an Indian driver who killed a student in Melbourne has been delayed yet again, after the driver's lawyer failed to appear in court in Delhi.
Monday's hearing was meant to be one of the last before the court decides whether Puneet Puneet should be extradited to Australia.
Puneet fled to India while on bail before he could be sentenced for the 2008 death of Queensland student Dean Hofstee in Melbourne.
He was a 19-year-old learner driver when he killed Hofstee and also seriously injured Clancy Coker in the same crash.
Puneet was arrested six years ago, on his wedding day, and has been facing protracted extradition hearings to determine if he should be sent back to Melbourne.
The case has already been through numerous delays in India, partly caused by the frequent absences and delaying tactics of Puneet's defence lawyer, Kanhaiya Kumar Singhal.
Singhal was again absent at Monday's hearing and members of his team told Justice Navjeet Budhiraja the lawyer was unwell and unable to conclude his final arguments.
A member of the prosecution team interjected to cast doubt on this claim by saying he saw Singhal in Delhi High Court a short while earlier looking perfectly well.
The prosecution has accused Singhal of deliberately delaying the trial, either by feigning illness or by making far-fetched claims about the state of Puneet's physical or mental health.
Doctors who examined Puneet have told the court he is fit to be extradited.
Justice Budhiraja ordered a one-hour adjournment to allow the prosecution to begin closing its case, but head of the prosecution team Bhaskar Vali said he was engaged in another court and could not present his arguments.
The case is scheduled to return to court on March 28.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/victoria-fatal-hit-run-puneet-puneet-extradition-delayed-india-crime-news/7429150c-4486-4cb4-801d-cc888300c019