New Delhi, Feb 16: The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday said diamond merchant Nirav Modi cannot move out of the country after the suspension of passport.
While addressing a press conference MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said: “I can say with confidence that this gentleman is not in touch with any of our officials and frankly at this stage, we are not aware of his location”.
I can say with confidence that this gentleman is not in touch with any of our officials & frankly at this stage we are not aware about his location: Raveesh Kumar, MEA #NiravModi #PNBFraudCase pic.twitter.com/1fMUamd1pg
— ANI (@ANI) February 16, 2018
Two days after the $1.8 bn fraud in Punjab National Bank (PNB) came into the limelight, the government on Friday suspended passports of Nirav Modi and Mehul Chinubhai Choksi for four weeks.
“On the advice of the Enforcement Directorate, the Passport issuing authority in the Ministry of External Affairs has today suspended the validity of passports of Nirav Deepak Modi and Mehul Chinubhai Choksi with immediate effect for a period of four weeks u/s 10(A) of the Passports Act 1967,” the Ministry of External Affairs said here in a statement.
“Nirav Deepak Modi and Mehul Chinubhai Choksi have been asked to respond within one week as to why their passports should not be impounded or revoked under Section 10 (3) (c) of the Passports Act 1967. If they fail to respond within the stipulated time it will be assumed that they have no response to offer and the MEA will go ahead with the revocation,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, speaking about Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, Kumar stated surprisingly that Pakistan took 10 years to find out that he is terrorist. But the timing(Pak declaring Hafiz Saeed is a terrorist) is suspicious.