New Delhi, March 3: Diamantaire Nirav Modi on Saturday described the action taken against him by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as pre-determined and said my fate was already decided, without even considering my reply and without any regard to law.
Celerbity jewlry designer in an email to ED said the Passport authority suspended my passport. Meanwhile, you asked me to join probe.
The lightning speed in which the authority has acted clearly shows that the action itself was pre-determined & my fate was already decided, without even considering my reply and without any regard to law: #NiravModi in an e-mail to ED #PNBScam
— ANI (@ANI) March 3, 2018
Wrote to Passport authority requesting it to provide me reasons of suspension & proposed revocation. Surprisingly, within minutes of my reply,authority revoked my passport”, he added.
This comes after Nirav Modi had refused to join the CBI probe into an alleged fraud involving his firms and the state lender, Punjab National Bank, citing he has business abroad.
Prior to this, celebrity designer who is facing multi-pronged probe, wrote a letter to the Punjab National Bank’s management on February 15/16, blaming the bank for damaging his business and saying that his dues were much less than what the state-owned lender claimed.
“In the anxiety to recover your dues immediately, despite my offer (on February 13, a day before the public announcement, and on 15) your actions have destroyed my brand and the business and have now restricted your ability to recover all the dues leaving a trail of unpaid debts,” he asserted.
Diamantaire Modi and owner of Gitanjali Gems, Mehul Choksi have been accused of defrauding the PNB of Rs 12,600 crore, with Rs 1,300 being added to the fraud kitty on late Monday.
Earlier, the detected amount was Rs 11,300 crore.
Following the complaint by the bank, theCBI had lodged the first FIR in the fraud on February 14 against Nirav Modi, his wife Ami, brother Nishal, uncle Mehul Choksi and his companies named Diamond R US, Solar Exports and Stellar Diamond.
The CBI filed the second FIR on February 15 for Rs 4,886.72 crore fraud against the Gitanjali Group headed by Mehul Choksi.
Nirav Modi left along with his family in the first week of January, before the alleged scam came into the limelight.