CBI to ask Interpol, Britain for Nirav Modi's immediate arrest

A Congress supporter puts his hand on the face of a cut-out of billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi during a protest in New Delhi | AFP

A Congress supporter puts his hand on the face of a cut-out of billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi during a protest in New Delhi | AFP

The remarks come after the Indian government stated earlier in the day that they are aware of the report that Nirav Modi is in London and they have already sent a request for his extradition to the United Kingdom government.

The UK Home Secretary's office moved the extradition file of fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi to the Westminster Court in London two days back on March 7, finding his case "fit for extradition".

A Red Notice, the report said, "is a request to locate and provisionally arrest an individual pending extradition", and not "an global arrest warrant". "It (extradition request) is under their (UK Govt) consideration", MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a media briefing.

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The 48-year-old bank fraud fugitive who faces an Interpol red corner notice is now subject of an extradition request by India.

On Friday, the Telegraph reported that fugitive Indian billionaire Nirav Modi is living in a high-end 10-million-dollar apartment in London's West End and is now involved in a new diamond business.

The Indian authorities accused Modi and his uncle, Mehul Choksi, of fraudulently getting Punjab National Bank Letters of Undertakings, then using these to take out loans from overseas branches of Indian banks in February 2018. Nirav Modi is on run as he is wanted by agencies in India in Rs 13,000 fraud case. His extradition case will now be further evaluated by the court, which might issue a provisional arrest warrant against Nirav Modi soon.

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A request for the extradition of Nirav Modi to India was sent in July 2018. He alleged that Modi had snatched people's money from ordinary people and gifted them to Nirav Modi.

"Modi appears to have adopted a surprisingly nonchalant attitude to his fugitive status, walking his small dog each day between his apartment and the diamond company's office in a town house in Soho, just a few hundred yards from his Centre Point home".

Modi, 48, is now living in a three-bedroom flat occupying half of a floor of the landmark Centre Point tower block, where rent is estimated to cost 17,000 pounds a month, The Telegraph reported. The Telegraph has also learned from a source in the British government that Nirav has been assigned a National Insurance number by the Department for Work & Pensions, and he is able to operate online bank accounts in the UK.

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Sporting a pink shirt and a black "ostrich leather" jacket, Nirav Modi refused to comment on a host of questions posed by a reporter from The Telegraph.

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