United Kingdom home secy sent Nirav's extradition request to court

United Kingdom home secy sent Nirav's extradition request to court

United Kingdom home secy sent Nirav's extradition request to court

The Indian Enforcement Directorate issued a statement saying the extradition request was sent in July 2018.

Finally, amidst the clamour of discrepancy in the way India has pursued the extradition of another economic offender Vijay Mallya, versus how it has allowed the British government to delay sending Nirav Modi back, the BJP sought to remind that it was the Congress government that had in fact given Mallya a second loan. Nirav, who now sports a handlebar moustache and looks different from older pictures in the public domain, dodged most of the questions with a "no comments" response and a smirk. "Nirav Modi appears to have adopted a surprisingly nonchalant attitude to his fugitive status, walking his small dog each day between his apartment and the diamond company's office in a townhouse in Soho, just a few hundred yards from his Centre Point home,"a report by The Telegraph claimed".

Indian intelligence agencies had provided inputs about the fugitive billionaire's new disguise.

Despite his bank accounts bring frozen by Indian authorities, and an Interpol red notice being issued for his arrest, Modi is now involved in a new diamond business based in the capital. However, strict civilian laws in the United Kingdom might allow him to get bail instantly.

On February 26, the ED attached ₹147 crore properties of Modi and his associate companies in connection with the PNB probe.

The ED had registered a money laundering case against Nirav Modi and others on February 15, 2018, under the provisions of PMLA on the basis of FIR registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) under sections 120-B r/w 420 of IPC, 1860 read with Section 13 (2) read with 13 (1)(d) of PC Act, 1988.

The ED and the CBI are investigating Modi, his uncle Choksi and others for alleged money laundering and corruption scam unearthed past year.

They are accused of defrauding state-run PNB of ₹13,500 crore in connivance with certain bank officials by fraudulently getting the letters of undertaking (LoUs) and letters of credit (LoCs) issued without following the prescribed procedure. The Home Office also refused to provide details. Efforts are being made to bring Red Corner notices in Interpol and to bring them back through appeals from extradition from different countries. Mehul Choksi, his uncle and co-accused, had earlier surrendered his passport to Antigua - of which he is now a citizen - in an attempt to avoid extradition to India.

Both left India in the first week of January 2018, weeks before the scam was reported to the CBI.

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