Following the developments in the fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi's case, Crown Prosecution Service that is representing India is yet to seek any assistance from Indian agencies.
According to the CBI sources, in Vijay Mallya's case, there was a request from the UK’s side for assistance by the CPS counsel in most of the hearings, however pertaining to Nirav Modi, the sources further told Republic TV that if a request comes, the team is willing to go and assist.
As far as Nirav Modi is concerned, India maintains that they have already submitted all necessary documents — chargesheet, FIR, Non bailable warrant order passed by Indian courts to the UK authorities. India has also informed CPS that an application has been filed in the court to declare Nirav as a fugitive economic offender.
India has already responded to all queries from the UK Home office and a joint team of ED and CBI would be heading to the UK.
The economic fugitive who is wanted in India for an Rs 13,700-crore PNB fraud has been arrested in London after a warrant was issued against him on March 18. He was produced at the Westminster magistrates’ court at 3:30 pm on Wednesday. Moreover, the UK court where he appeared following his arrest by London authorities has rejected the fugitive diamantaire's bail application. As a result, Nirav Modi will remain in custody till March 29 when the next hearing will be held.
In response to media queries regarding the arrest of Nirav Modi, Government of India spokesperson said:
"We welcome the fact that Nirav Modi has been arrested by the United Kingdom authorities pursuant to the arrest warrant issued by the Westminster Magistrate Court. The Government of India continues to actively follow up this matter with the authorities concerned in the UK, with a view to having Nirav Modi extradited to India at the earliest."
Earlier on Monday, a London court had issued arrest warrant against Modi, the main accused in the PNB scam case, in response to an Enforcement Directorate (ED) request for his extradition in a money laundering case.
On March 09, 2019, Fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi was confronted on a busy street of London by a British reporter. According to the report, he occupies a three bedroom flat in a chic street in Central London with views spanning across the city. The Telegraph says the rent for a property like that would be approximately $17,000 a month.
Nirav Modi and his uncle, Mehul Choksi, are the main accused in the PNB scam and they both left India before the details of the fraud came to light in January 2018.