India fears Nirav Modi may fly out, destroy evidence

Strongly arguing against granting of bail to fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, in UK Court, India today expressed apprehensions that he may be fly out and also destroy evidence if allowed to go free. He has been brought to Westminster Magistrate court in London for the hearing on his second bail application which began on Friday evening.

Toby Cadman, representing the crown prosecution on behalf of the Indian authorities in London’s Westminster Magistrate court said that in case Nirav Modi gets bail, they will appeal against it in the High Court. “We will do everything to keep him in.”

Later, Toby Cadman in final submission at London’s Westminster Magistrate court said, “Nirav Modi isn’t cooperating with Indian agencies and there’s risk he’ll fly out. There’s risk that he’ll influence witnesses and  destroy evidence.”

The 48-year-old diamond merchant was denied bail by District Judge Marie Mallon at his first hearing which took place soon after the Scotland Yard officers arrested him from a central London bank branch on March 19 when he tried to open a new bank account. Modi has been in custody at the HMP Wandsworth prison in south-west London since last Wednesday.

Last week, during his first court appearance after his arrest, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) argued on behalf of the Indian authorities. CPS told the court that Modi is wanted for alleged “high value and sophisticated” fraud and money laundering to the tune of USD 2 billion.

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