India seeks extradition of Nirav Modi from UK
New Delhi: The Minister of State for Exterior Affairs VK Singh on Thursday knowledgeable Rajya Sabha formal request for the extradition of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi has been sought from the UK. The request, directed on the UK authorities, has been despatched to the Indian Excessive Fee in London. He added that the request has been despatched by a particular diplomatic bag.
“An extradition request has been acquired within the Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) from the Ministry of Dwelling Affairs (MHA) for the extradition of Nirav Modi from the UK,” Minister of State for Exterior Affairs VK Singh informed the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. “The request has been despatched by a Particular Diplomatic Bag to the Excessive Fee of India (HCI), London for onward transmission to the UK authorities,” he mentioned.
Modi is needed within the Rs 13,500 crore Punjab Nationwide Financial institution (PNB) fraud case.
Singh mentioned that the MEA revoked the passport of Modi as per the provisions of Part 10(three)(c) of the Passports Act, 1967, on February 16, 2018.
“This info was conveyed to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for onward transmission to the Interpol,” he mentioned.
He additionally mentioned that the Ministry has no means to confirm the travels, if any, of Nirav Modi, and the passport used for such travels by him.
The absconding diamond service provider possesses a minimum of half-a-dozen Indian passports. In June this 12 months, Modi had fled to the UK claiming political asylum there.
Nirav Modi alongside along with his uncle Mehul Choksi of the Gitanjali group are being probed within the fraud rip-off by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
The ED had, on Could 24 and Could 26, filed prosecution complaints or charge-sheets towards Choksi and Modi.
The court docket has taken cognizance of the charge-sheets and issued non-bailable warrants towards each of them.
On request of the ED and the CBI, the Interpol had earlier issued Pink Nook Discover towards Nirav Modi on July 2.
Nirav Modi left India alongside along with his household within the first week of January, weeks earlier than the rip-off was reported to the CBI. His spouse Ami, a US citizen, left on January 6 and Choksi on January four.