Two days after CBI seeking Interpol Red Corner Notices against billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, Republic TV has accessed Interpol's Reply to CBI on Nirav Modi’s whereabouts. The Interpol in a reply dated June 5, 2018 informed India that Nirav Modi is not in London but in transit. The latest reply suggests that Nirav Modi has moved to another country from London a month ago.
According to Interpol, Nirav Modi’s last travel was on an Indian Passport. Initial reports are also suggesting that Indian agencies will now get a clarification from MEA as to how Nirav Modi has travelled on an Indian passport.
As per the Interpol letter, Nirav Modi has travelled to at least 4 countries including Hong Kong and UK since the time he has been absconding. Indian agencies have once again written to Interpol to share the recent location.
The CBI on Monday had sought Interpol Red Corner Notices against billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, who had absconded days before over the USD 2 billion banking fraud allegedly perpetrated by them on state-run Punjab National Bank came to light, officials said.
The duo had fled the country in the first week of January along with some family members, nearly a fortnight before PNB detected the fraud -- which is said to be biggest in the country's banking history, officials said.
Modi and Choksi have refused to to join the probe citing business engagements and health issues, the officials added.
Left with no choice, the CBI had asked the Interpol to issue a Red Corner Notice against Modi and Choksi, which would mean that the member countries of the Lyon-based international police cooperation agency can arrest and later deport or extradite them, they said.
Nirav Modi was last publicly seen in a Press Information Bureau group photograph of CEOs and top brass of Indian corporate sector with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Davos, Switzerland in late January.
A week later, the CBI registered an FIR against the two, among others, on the basis of a complaint from the PNB, they said.