UK court orders fugitive Nirav Modi's extradition in PNB scam case


New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS): In a major setback to fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, a UK court on Thursday ordered his extradition in connection with the Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam case.

The District Judge at the Westminster Magistrates' Court, Samuel Goozee, accepted the prima facie evidence against Modi for money laundering, saying: "Many of these are a matter for trial in India. I am satisfied again that there is evidence he could be convicted," according to reports.

The development came after almost a two-year-long legal battle.

Expressing satisfaction over the detention condition and medical arrangements in India, the court said, "Conditions in Barack 12 (at the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai) look far better than his current cell in London."

The observations came after Nirav Modi's side had argued that he can't be extradited to India due to his worsening mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic and the poor conditions in the Indian prisons.

According to sources, the court ruling will now be sent to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel for a sign-off. Depending on the outcome, appeals may be made in the high court by either side.

The charges against the fugitive diamantaire centre around his firms Diamonds R Us, Stellar Diamonds and Solar Exports for making fraudulent use of a credit facility offered by the PNB, known as 'letters of undertaking' (LoUs).

Arguing on behalf of the Indian authorities, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in the UK had earlier sought to establish that a number of PNB staff conspired with Modi to ensure the LoUs. The LoUs were issued to his companies without required credit checks, sans recording the issuance of the LoUs and without charging the required commission upon the transactions. This resulted in a fraud amounting to nearly $2 billion (Rs 13,500 crore).

Modi, who was arrested on an extradition warrant on March 19, 2019, is accused of money laundering, conspiring to destroy evidence and intimidating witnesses.

 

 

  

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Fri, Feb 26 2021

    the chance of this guy coming back to India and serving jail term is less than the chance of Indians getting the feku promised 15 lakhs each...

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  • Kiran, Kadri, Manglore

    Sat, Feb 27 2021

    You will get 15 crores, forget 15 lakhs.

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  • S K Hegde, Karkala

    Fri, Feb 26 2021

    write some negative news on this

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Fri, Feb 26 2021

    upon arrival, he will be given the promised 15 lakhs as pocket money and taken ceremoniously by bullet train from Delhi to Mumbai. From Mumbai airport he will be taken in solar powered bus to Arthur Road prison. 100 PSUs are up for sale, this man will be one of the bidders with high success chance...

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  • Pokri Dhooma, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 26 2021

    Final decision, he will never come back to India

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  • mahesh, mangalore

    Fri, Feb 26 2021

    Congratulations to the Government for all thier efforts.

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  • Alwyn Dsouza, Canada

    Fri, Feb 26 2021

    Thief's are theifs. These looters never have any shame. When he returns he may loot more join his chota and mota bhais

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  • kitta, Mlore

    Fri, Feb 26 2021

    You can tell anything to anybody in India

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  • pradeep, Udupi

    Fri, Feb 26 2021

    no news..........................?

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  • Khabib, Karkala

    Fri, Feb 26 2021

    His return is similar to 15 lakh rupees coming to account promised by tea seller.

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  • basavanna, belman

    Thu, Feb 25 2021

    Since morning indian news channels flashing breaking news that india got nirav modi. India has not got neither nirav modi nor vijay mallya and nirav might go in mally's way. These guys are one step ahead than the indian govt. When the CBI lands with these guys on indian soil we can say that we got these guys. They cheated public, CBI spent cores to extradite them but till now the indian govt. not able to bring them back. Let us stop discussing about them and waste our time.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Thu, Feb 25 2021

    brand Modi means some one who can do anything and get away with it and come out successful... all 3 Modis (MoNa, MoNi, MoLa) convey this image... if any of them caught like thief and hauled up in front of monkeybaath, the brand will get the beating...

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  • Anil, Dubai

    Thu, Feb 25 2021

    Just diverting peoples mind..., from current scenario...

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Thu, Feb 25 2021

    it may not be surprise if he wriggles out of all cases and become next PM candidate...

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Feb 25 2021

    Almeidaji, Read the news report again and again so the actual fact enters your white matter! Also, the looted maal is more important than this rogue; what's the use of bringing him minus the loot?

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri.

    Thu, Feb 25 2021

    Rudolf ji, Are you so naive, not to believe that this fugitive canary, will sing in custody ?? I am given to understand, that panic has set in the camps of his benefactors (Netas) Dude, don't be a pessimist !!! this bird will definitely provide the location of his ill gotten stashed loot !!!!

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri.

    Thu, Feb 25 2021

    Readers, " Amchi Mumbai " has made cozy cells, at Arthur road jail, where the likes of Nirav Modi, Vijay Mallya, Mehul Chokshi and others are keenly awaited !!! The opposition frustrated netas who chanted " Chowkidar Chor Hai " are in quandary...

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Fri, Feb 26 2021

    The 150,000 crore Bullet train for the Choksi-state travellers is bigger cost to the all-India taxpayers than all the noise combined by the opposition leaders who merely raise slogans. One day, I hope, the Indian taxpayers wake up to the reality of the REAL day-light mega robbery. I am not even talking about handing over all the airports to another Choksi-state man.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Fri, Feb 26 2021

    Almeidaji, in whose REGIME did they RUN?? WHY WERE THEY ALLOWED TO WRIGGLE OUT? WHY THE HUE N CRY NOW?

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  • T.Dsilva, Udupi

    Fri, Feb 26 2021

    Almeida..... Chowkidaar ,,,,,,chor hee nahi,, Bhagidhaar,,,,,, bhi hai,,,

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  • KRPrabhu, Bangaluru/Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 25 2021

    Nirav Modi will approach amgelo Mallya mam for useful tips.....

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Thu, Feb 25 2021

    Wait for tomorrow’s news or no news at all. He is one of the closest aid of Modi seen in photograph with Modi in a conference in Switzerland. This is purely family matter.

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  • Ashok, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 25 2021

    Don’t be exited elections coming after election back to normal Same like fuel price before election it will come down immediate election it will go up

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Feb 25 2021

    "According to sources, the court ruling will now be sent to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel for a sign-off. Depending on the outcome, appeals may be made in the high court by either side.":: Still a long way to go isn't it? What's the use of getting him; get the looted maal first which is more important!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Feb 25 2021

    Big Achievement for Narendra Modi ...

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Thu, Feb 25 2021

    Nirav Modi will never be extradited for another years or as long as our Modi is in power.

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  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Thu, Feb 25 2021

    Well, there's many a slip between cup and the lip....one never knows.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri.

    Thu, Feb 25 2021

    India case against fugitive Nerav Modi, has been upheld in UK court, for defrauding PNB bank... This criminal extradition is imminent.. NDA now walks the anti graft talk, as the " Chowkidar Chor Hai " Chant, has boomeranged against the opposition !!!!!

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Fri, Feb 26 2021

    Try to touch a single hair of Mehulbhai who is enjoying life in Antigua!

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Thu, Feb 25 2021

    Choksi chakma diya kya?

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  • Raj, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 25 2021

    Modi Hai to Mumkin Hai...

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  • RonRon, Udupi

    Thu, Feb 25 2021

    Damn sure .... he wont come back to India. He may go to Kailasa :)

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  • HENRY MISQUIITH, India

    Thu, Feb 25 2021

    Our great modiji will bring him to justice. Punish him. Confiscate all his possessions. Transfer 15 lacs to all our accounts. And then we will become a 5 trillion economy. Modiji is the best and most honest PM of our country.

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Thu, Feb 25 2021

    Henry, still high hopes on a faux pass of CONgress to pull a fast one on the 15 lakhs, eh? Much water has flowed down the rivers and Modi has won a second election too, right? By the way are you back from the GCC? Vacation or for good?

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  • T.Lobo, Bejai

    Thu, Feb 25 2021

    That jacket he is wearing is made of lama leather one of the mot expensive fabrics in the world.

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