India seeks international help to track down Nirav Modi

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 28 June 2018

The Foreign Ministry has written to the countries and the Indian missions have passed on a diplomatic note to those governments, according to sources

New Delhi/Mumbai: India has now decided to use diplomatic pressure to achieve Nirav Modi’s extradition. A senior government official has revealed to media that India has asked UK, France and Belgium to help track down the fugitive jeweller Nirav Modi and restrict his movements. 

The Foreign Ministry has written to the countries and the Indian missions have passed on a diplomatic note to those governments, according to sources.

The Foreign Ministry reportedly wrote to them last week. This is not the first time that India has made such a request to the three countries. A special court in Mumbai on Tuesday allowed investigating agencies to start the process of Nirav Modi’s extradition from the UK over charges of money laundering.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had asked for the court’s permission to seek the extradition of the billionaire accused of a massive swindle worth Rs 13,000 crore, involving fake guarantees issued in the name of the Punjab National Bank (PNB) - the second largest government bank - to secure overseas bank loans. Investigators believe Nirav Modi is in the UK and is claiming political asylum. 

Nirav Modi and his uncle-cum-business-partner Mehul Choksi, also accused in the PNB fraud, fled India in January, weeks before the CBI launched investigations into the charges. 

Nirav Modi managed to travel through several countries even though information about his passport being cancelled by India was flashed in the Interpol central database on February 24, according to the CBI.

According to the UK, Nirav Modi used the passport to fly from New York to London on February 10, from Hong Kong to London on February 15, from London to Hong Kong on March 15, from New York to London on March 28 and from London to Paris on March 30. India has decided to track his moves and ensure that he is not able to avoid extradition. 

Bring him back
The Foreign Ministry reportedly wrote to them last week. A special court in Mumbai on Tuesday allowed investigating agencies to start the process of Nirav Modi’s extradition.

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