New Delhi, June 11: Multicrore Punjab National Bank fraud (PNB) accused Diamantaire Nirav Modi has fled to the UK where he is claiming political asylum, according to a media report.
According to a Financial Times report, Modi is in London trying to claim asylum from what he calls “political persecution”.
“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.
“There are always a number of complicated cases that add a little tension and spice to our relationship with India. But there is also an appreciation from both sides that we have a legal process that has to be gone through and that we are of course governed by human rights legislation,” a senior UK Foreign Office official was quoted as saying by the report.
India is already seeking the extradition of Vijay Mallya, a liquor baron, in connection with unpaid loans to his defunct Kingfisher Airlines after the businessman and co-owner of the Formula One Force India team moved to Britain in March 2017.
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.