The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has requested UK government to detain absconding billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi after sources confirmed his current location in London. The CBI has also sent an extradition request through the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
Earlier, two Red Corner notices were issued by Interpol in a move to sought the extradition of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi from the United Kingdom. A formal request was sent to the UK government through the Indian High Commission in London.
V K Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs, informed the Rajya Sabha on Thursday that the request for extradition was sent to the High Commission of India in London.
“The request has been sent by a special diplomatic bag to the High Commission of India, London for onward transmission to the UK authorities,” he said said.
Republic TV also accessed the press release of Government of India Ministry of External Affairs on the Red Corner notices against Nirav Modi.
Here's the reply from the Ministry of External Affairs:
Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi are both accused of defrauding Punjab National Bank of about Rs 14,000 crore, seen as the biggest ever banking fraud in the country. Both left India in January before PNB lodged a complaint with the Central Bureau of Investigation that the duo had defrauded it of Rs 280 crore. The subsequent complaints lodged by the PNB took the quantum of the scam to about Rs 14,000 crore.
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