A UK high court Wednesday repudiated the application of escaped diamond jeweler Nirav Modi against his deportation to India.
As per the news agency PTI, a senior UK high court official stated Modi’s endorsement to appeal against extradition “was repudiated on paper”. Modi, sources said, will now have the choice to document an application within five days for a vocal hearing, with a revived “leave to adjuration” application, for a judge to decide if it can emanate to a full appeal hearing.
Last year, escapee businessman Vijay Mallya too had made a similar supplication for a vocal hearing against his extradition to India in a supposed case of bank fraud. While the high court did not give Mallya the authorisation to plead, his deportation is pending as the UK government is looking into a confidential matter relevant to the entrepreneur of the now not functioning Kingfisher Airlines.
Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi are accused of routing transactions of nearly Rs 13,600 crore through fraudulent LoUs (Letters of Understanding) of Punjab National Bank (PNB). Modi deported India in the first week of January 2018, before the PNB scam was exposed in public. In March 2019, Modi was captured in the UK and is currently homed at Wandsworth prison in London.
On February 25, a UK court had directed Modi’s extradition holding that the substantiation against him was prima facie adequate for the same. In April, the UK government had also authorized his extradition to India.
In India, Modi is under the network of various investigating agencies such as the CBI, Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax and Serious Fraud Investigation Office. The CBI case relevant to the claimed fraud at PNB through issuance of deceitful LoUs. The ED case describes the laundering of the proceeds of the claimed fraud at PNB.
Based on the ED arraignment grievance, Modi is also facing indictments of “causing” evidence tampering and “criminal coercion” of witnesses.