After a video went viral showing Nirav Modi leisurely strolling on the road in London, Enforcement Directorate has said that UK’s home secretary has recently referred India’s request for extraditing PNB scam accused Nirav Modi to a court for initiating legal proceedings against the diamantaire.
“Request for extradition of Nirav Modi to India was sent in July 2018 to the UK. The UK Central Authority of Home Office has confirmed that the extradition request has been sent to the Westminster Magistrate Court for the district judge for further proceedings,” the agency said in a statement. The move takes the process of extraditing and bringing back Nirav Modi to face the law in India to the next stage, the sources said.
Soon, they said, a joint team of the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) would travel to the UK to apprise the lawyers about the Indian case and evidence against Nirav Modi, in a similar fashion that was done in the case of another absconding bank-fraud accused, Vijay Mallya.
A British daily Saturday reported that Nirav Modi, accused in the USD 2-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam, is living in a swanky 8-million pound apartment in London’s West End and is now involved in a new diamond business.
The ED and the CBI are investigating Nirav Modi, his uncle Mehul Choksi and others for alleged money laundering and corruption to perpetrate the alleged scam in the Brady House branch of the PNB in Mumbai that was unearthed last year.