Fugitive Indian Diamond Tycoon Spotted in London, Faces Extradition

File Pic PTI

File Pic PTI

Fugitive billionaire Nirav Modi wanted in Rs. 14,000 crore Punjab National Bank scam case, being spotted in London, is a shot in the arm for the opposition which slammed the Centre for its "failure" to bring back the accused to justice while he apparently thrived elsewhere.

"Since his location is known now, the first step should be to arrest him as there is enough evidence of cheating, criminal conspiracy and money laundering against him which has been provided to the United Kingdom in the extradition request".

The government can not extradite Nirav Modi just because he has been spotted in London, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar, told ANI in an interview.

The statements by ED and MEA come a day after a Britain-based newspaper claimed that Modi is living in an eight-million-pound apartment in the London's West End.

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"The video of fugitive #NiravModi in London shows an uncanny similarity between him & his bhai, PM Modi". Nirav Modi is on run as he is wanted by agencies in India in Rs 13,000 fraud case. The businessman fled India in January 2018, days before a scam was unearthed, in which the Punjab National Bank accused Modi and his maternal uncle Mehul Choksi of cheating the bank of Rs 13,600 crore. "We will take all efforts necessary to extradite Nirav Modi". The UK Central Authority of Home Office has confirmed the extradition request has been sent to the Westminster Magistrate Court for further proceedings.

It has now approached the Interpol for a Red Corner Notice aimed at bringing Nirav Modi back for facing trial in the cases against them, the sources said.

The flat occupies half of a floor of the landmark Centre Point tower block with views across London, the report said, adding that the monthly rent for a property like this was understood to be about £17,000. While slightly altering his appearance with a handlebar mustache, the man has been recorded strolling to and from his new business office in Soho, which specializes in the diamond trade. The business is close to his home and was incorporated last May.

In a video posted by the newspaper, Modi can be seen sporting a handle-bar moustache and wearing an Ostrich Hide jacket, estimated to cost 10,000 pounds. When the reporter says: "You owe a lot of people a lot of money, Modi, a lot of people who would very much like to know where you are", he also says "No comment". Modi repeatedly answered "no comment" to questions put to him.

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