The United Kingdom’s Home Department has approved the extradition of diamond merchant Nirav Modi to India in connection with the ₹13,758-crore Punjab National Bank fraud, about two months after the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London ruled that a prima facie case was made out against him.
“The Secretary of State for the UK’s Home Department, Priti Patel, has approved Nirav Modi’s extradition,” said a CBI official on Friday. The accused now has the legal recourse of approaching the U.K. High Court, within 14 days, to seek permission for moving an appeal against the Secretary of State’s decision.
Nirav Modi. “Unless there is an appeal, a requested person must be extradited within 28 days of the Secretary of State’s decision to order extradition (subject to any appeal),” according to the UK’s official website.
In its order, the Westminster Magistrates Court had found sufficient grounds warranting Nirav Modi’s trial in India. It also took on record the evidence furnished by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate, alleging that he conspired to destroy the proof against him and intimidate witnesses.
The agencies alleged that he kept his employees, some of who were dummy directors in the firms floated by him, in illegal confinement in Cairo and got their mobile phones disposed of in Dubai. A Dubai-based server, in which information about the communications between the accused persons used to be stored, was also destroyed.
The businessman had fled the country along with his relatives in January 2018. On India’s request, he was arrested in London on March 19, 2019, and since then he has been in judicial custody
Courtesy – The Hindu