Nirav Modi is in UK, British minister assures support to India

PNB and Nirav Modi

New Delhi, June 11: UK Minister for Counter-Terrorism Baroness Williams on Monday confirmed that Nirav Modi, accused in multicrore Punjab National Bank fraud case, is in Britain and assured of full cooperation for the extradition of the diamantaire.

According to to the Indian Express, during the meeting for counter-terrorism dialogue in the national capital, Williams also guaranteed Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju of UK’s support to extradite liquor baron Vijay Mallya to India. Mallya, who moved to the UK last year, has been accused of defaulting on loans worth thousands of crores.

Speaking to media after meeting Williams, MoS Home Kiren Rijiju said “Had a fruitful meeting, I’ve put across GoI’s demands that anybody who’s wanted in India, we seek cooperation from UK authorities (on extradition) & Minister assured cooperation whether it’s Nirav Modi or Vijay Mallya.

“There are elements using UK’s land to propagate anti-India activities. I’ve requested the minister that this must be curtailed. Both UK and India are free countries but the freedom of expression cannot be used to abuse a country’s image”, Rijiju further added.

The Minister also posted on Twitter regarding his meeting with William. He tweeted “I had a very useful meeting with the UK Minister Baroness Williams. We discussed about India-UK joint efforts to deal with Terrorism and Extremism. We also agreed to cooperate in matters of extradition and sharing of informations”.

Nirav Modi has reportedly fled to UK and is claiming political asylum, Financial Times reported on Sunday.

“Officials in India and the UK say he (Nirav Modi) is in London, where his company has one store and is trying to claim asylum from what he said was political persecution”, the report said.

Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation has also requested Interpol to issue red corner notices against Nirav Modi and his business partner MehulChoksi.

Last month, the CBI had filed two charge sheets in the PNB case before a Mumbai court. The ED has also filed its charge sheet in the case involving Nirav Modi and his associates.

As per the reports, around 12,000-page charge sheet or the prosecution complaint has been registered before a special court here under various sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Diamantaire Modi and owner of Gitanjali Gems, Mehul Choksi have been accused of defrauding the Punjab National bank of Rs 12,600 crore.


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