UK confirms Nirav Modi’s presence, CBI sends extradition request

Nirav Modi

New Delhi, Aug 20 :United Kingdom authorities have confirmed that Nirav Modi, wanted in the Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case, is in their territory  and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sent request for extradition of fugitive diamantaire  to UK.

The CBI has moved an extradition request through proper channels.

According to a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official, the UK authorities confirmed Nirav Modi’s presence in the country on Sunday through a mail on the basis of the diffusion notice issued against him by the probe agency to the Interpol.

The official also said the CBI sent an extradition request to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday.

“The Home Ministry has also been requested to move its extradition request to the Ministry of External Affairs and through the MEA to the UK authority.”

India has sought the extradition of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi from the United Kingdom, with a formal request being routed to the UK government through the Indian High Commission in London.

“An extradition request has been received in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for the extradition of Nirav Modi from the UK,” Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh told the Rajya Sabha on August 2.

On July 2, the Interpol had issued a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against Nirav Modi under money laundering charges levelled by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

“This information was conveyed to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for onward transmission to the Interpol,” he said.

He also said that the Ministry has no means to verify the travels, if any, of Nirav Modi, and the passport used for such travels by him.

Nirav Modi along with his uncle Mehul Choksi of the Gitanjali group are being probed in the fraud scam by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

The ED had, on May 24 and May 26, filed prosecution complaints or charge-sheets against Choksi and Modi.

The court has taken cognizance of the charge-sheets and issued non-bailable warrants against both of them.

On request of the ED and the CBI, the Interpol had earlier issued Red Corner Notice against Nirav Modi on July 2.

Nirav Modi left India along with his family in the first week of January, weeks before the scam was reported to the CBI. His wife Ami, a US citizen, left on January 6 and Choksi on January 4.

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