PNB fraud: Govt sends request to UK for extraditing fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi

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The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday informed the Parliament that government has sent a request to the UK for extraditing fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, who is wanted in the Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case.

“An extradition request has been received in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for the extradition of Nirav Modi from the UK,” Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

“The request has been sent by a Special Diplomatic Bag to the High Commission of India (HCI), London for onward transmission to the UK authorities,” he said.

Singh said that the MEA revoked the passport of Modi as per the provisions of Section 10(3)(c) of the Passports Act, 1967, on February 16, 2018.

“This information was conveyed to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for onward transmission to the Interpol,” he said.

He also said that the Ministry has no means to verify the travels, if any, of Nirav Modi, and the passport used for such travels by him.

Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi of the Gitanjali group are said to be at the helm of this multi-crore scam, being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate.

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