MEA seeks assistance from European countries to trace Nirav Modi

PNB and Nirav Modi

New Delhi, June 27: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has sought assistance from several European countries to trace and restrict diamantaire Nirav Modi’s movements.

On the related note,  last week the foreign ministry had written letters to France, United Kingdom, and Belgium.

Indian missions in these countries had also shared a ‘note verbale’ on Nirav Modi with the three governments, earlier too.

Yesterday,  a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court in Mumbai had given its nod to begin Nirav Modi’s extradition from Britain.

Prior to this, the Enforcement Directorate had filed the application in the court seeking permission to start extradition of the absconding diamantaire for his alleged involvement in a multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud.

As per the ED, Nirav Modi is in the UK and needs to be extradited as non-bailable warrants (NBW) has already issued against him, and he is not appearing before the court even after prosecution complaint.

The agency had also sent a request for a Red Corner Notice against the billionaire businessman, but the Interpol is yet to issue the same.

Nirav has reportedly moved to the UK, where he is claiming political asylum.

For those unversed, the PNB detected the multi-crore scam this year in February, wherein Nirav and business-partner Mehul Choksi had allegedly defrauded the public sector lender to the tune of USD 2 billion, with the purported involvement of a few employees of the bank.


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