Finally, the Government of India suceeded in locating fugitive diamond jeweller Nirav Modi, who was wanted in the Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud. Now it was confirmed he is in the United Kingdom and the Interpol has confirmed the same.
According to CBI officials, the UK authorities confirmed Nirav Modi’s presence in the country through a mail on the basis of the diffusion notice issued against him by the probe agency to the Interpol. The CBI, today, has sent an extradition request to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) . “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.”
In return, the request to bring him back will be sent to the United Kingdom through the External Affairs Ministry. The agency has also requested authorities in the UK to detain him on the basis of the Red Corner Notice issued by the Interpol against him.
Earlier on August 2, Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh informed Parliament that the government had sent a request to the UK for extraditing Nirav Modi. 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).
Nirav Modi along with his uncle Mehul Choksi of the Gitanjali group is being probed in the fraud case by the CBI and the ED. The ED had, on May 24 and May 26, filed prosecution complaints or chargesheets against Choksi and Modi.
The court has taken cognizance of the chargesheets and issued non-bailable warrants against both of them. 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.