The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Saturday reiterated its commitment in bringing back fugitive economic offender Nirav Modi, who is accused of running away from India after defrauding banks to a tune of Rs 13,700 crore.
Nirav Modi was on Friday tracked by an international daily - The Telegraph - in London. The Indian government has already requested his extradition from UK, documents for which were submitted in 2018.
MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, while taking up questions from the media on the new development, stated that finding the diamantaire on the streets of London wouldn't result in the speeding up of his extradition.
"We have requested the UK govt of extradition of Nirav Modi. It means that we were aware he is in UK, otherwise we wouldn't have made a request for extradition.....Just because he has been spotted doesn't mean he can be immediately brought back to India. We have made a request. It is for the UK government now to consider our request and respond to CBI and ED demand for extradition," he said.
On Friday, Nirav Modi was confronted by The Telegraph on a busy street in London. The international daily posed numerous questions in front of the diamantaire relating to his extradition. But in a brazen fashion, Nirav Modi avoided all questions, and even when he chose to answer, he just said "Sorry, no comment".
During the press briefing, the MEA spokesperson was asked if the government was not pursuing Nirav Modi's extradition case the manner in which they did for Vijay Mallya. Raveesh Kumar vehemently denied such claims, maintaining that the government intends to take strongest of action against the PNB-scam accused as well.
"It is a mistake to think the case isn't being pursued. The manner in which we were following other cases, Vijay Mallya's case, the same manner we are following this one. So it is wrong to think we aren't taking this case seriously. Government of India is taking all steps necessary, as we have done in other cases, to ensure extradition of Nirav Modi to India," he added.