Following demand from different quarters within and outside the government, CBI has sent a team to London to assist the legal authorities for extradition of Raymond Andrew Varley who allegedly molested hundreds of orphaned children in 1995 at a shelter home in Goa.
The two-member team has reached London to assist the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) —the principal prosecuting authority for England and Wales—for Varley’s extradition, sources said.
After Varley’s extradition was rejected by London’s Westminster court, an appeal has been filed at the high court of England and Wales which will hear the case on Friday, source said.
Varley had approached the Westminster court after his extradition was cleared by the UK government. The court turned down the extradition on the ground that the accused is suffering from dementia.
Sources said Varley had produced opinion from a private doctor to claim he is suffering from dementia, but the CPS did not challenge the move or seek an independent medical opinion on his mental health.
The suspected paedophile is accused of abusing and torturing children in an orphanage in Panaji for nearly 20 years.
In the late 1980s, Varley visited an orphanage in Panaji, run by a German, Freddy Albert Peats. During a raid, police had found shocking evidence that pointed to an international paedophile racket, the sources said.
A chargesheet was filed against Peats, Varley and some other foreigners. Peats was arrested and later died in a prison but Varley managed to escape the police net.
The CBI issued a red corner notice against Varley on the basis of a request by the Goa Police, sources said.