Republic TV on Thursday accessed the phone number of diamantaire and fugitive Nirav Modi's younger brother Neeshal Modi who was also involved in the Rs 12000+ crore scandal unearthed in February. In a chat conversation between Neeshal and Republic TV Senior Editor Shawan Sen, the former stated that he was not in touch with his brother since the past five to six months and that he was a victim.
After analysing Republic TV's investigation, agency sources have stated that Neeshal Modi can join the PNB probe as an approver.
"If he wants to be an approver he has to join the probe. He can respond through his lawyer. But the decision will be taken by the agency on the merit of the case. From the phone conversation it looks that he wants to disclose more information" sources said.
From the 50 messages that were exchanged between Senior Editor Shawan Sen and Neeshal, the latter also pointed finger at a 'certain family member' for being in this situation. Neeshal who is a Belgian national, fled the country on the same day as his brother after the scandal came into light.
In a similar statement, earlier on Thursday, former CBI Director Dr. Karthikeyan said that Neeshal has to come out in the open and join the investigation.
"Whatever it is, he (Neeshal Modi) should join the investigation. If he is innocent, he should come and join the investigation. He cannot hide and say he is innocent. He should come and join the investigation, and prove how is he innocent," said the former CBI Director.
"If he doesn't join the investigation, he will be a suspect. Avoiding the investigation is also amounting to pleading guilty. If he is innocent, he should come out and join the investigation. Come out openly! If he is hiding, then we presume he's guilty," he added.
Republic TV also tracked down Nirav Modi's hideouts in the UK. The fugitive fraud-accused's first hideout is found to be located in London's fashionable and central Westminster area, on the thirteenth and top-most floor of an upscale residential building. The flat number on the thirteenth floor is No.103. The door opposite to it, 104, has an 'Om' symbol on it.
Nirav Modi's second hideout, which is listed on the CBI's extradition note, is in a fancy luxury apartment block located next to the Tower of London. He's said to be shuffling between the two addresses for the last few months.
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