Published: Sun, March 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

United Kingdom home secy sent Nirav's extradition request to court

United Kingdom home secy sent Nirav's extradition request to court

"(Since) We requested the United Kingdom government for extradition of Nirav Modi, means that we were aware that he is in United Kingdom otherwise we would not have made the request", said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar at a media briefing on Saturday.

The government can not extradite Nirav Modi just because he has been spotted in London, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar, told ANI in an interview.

In December previous year, the Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) served notice to Nirav Modi, his family members and his companies to recover over Rs 7,000 crore owed to Punjab National Bank (PNB).

Last month, the absconding diamond trader Nirav Modi, a prime accused in the multi-crore Punjab National Bank fraud case scam, claimed that he had not done anything wrong and the scam was a civil transaction. Nirav Modi is on run as he is wanted by agencies in India in Rs 13,000 fraud case.

In the video, a healthy Modi has grown a handlebar moustache. As soon as he is caught, a joint team of CBI and ED is likely to send a team to London to assist in the extradition trial.

"Since last 5 years, he (Modi) is making two Indias - one is of wealthy people like Anil Ambani who travel in private planes and achieve what they like".

The flat occupies half of a floor of the landmark Centre Point tower block with views across London, the report said, adding that the monthly rent for a property like this was understood to be about £17,000.

The Telegraph wrote: "Modi appears to have adopted a surprisingly nonchalant attitude to his fugitive status, walking his small dog each day between his apartment and the diamond company's office in a town house in Soho, just a few hundred yards from his Centre Point home".

Separately, he is being sued in the State of California for defrauding 4.2 million dollars from Los Angeles entrepreneur Paul Alfonso; in October 2018, Modi sold two custom diamond engagement rings to Alfonso that turned out to be lab diamonds. Nirav is apparently in contact with a wealth management firm in west London, which is famous for offering advice to rich foreigners. Modi repeatedly answered "no comment" to questions put to him.

Hitting out at the government, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said in a video message, "Today, the fugitive diamantaire "chota Modi" Nirav Modi has been traced to London - living a luxurious life in a Rs 75 crore flat and wearing a jacket worth 10,000 British Pound".

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