Mr Raveesh Kumar, the Official Spokesman of India’s Ministry of External Affairs, says the Enforcement Directorate and Central Bureau of Investigation have filed requests to extradite Modi from London in August 2018. Even after 8 months, the request is still “under process”….reports Asian Lite News
As the Daily Telegraph splashed a front page story on fugitive Indian diamond merchant Nirav Modi, an Indian official says the British government is yet to respond to an extradition request.
Mr Raveesh Kumar, the Official Spokesman of India’s Ministry of External Affairs, says the Enforcement Directorate and Central Bureau of Intelligence have filed requests to extradite Modi from London in August 2018. Even after 8 months, the request is still “under process.”
“We are aware of his presence in London,” Mr Kumar told the media in Delhi. “We have to follow the procedures to extradite him and we are still waiting for the response to our request. India has filed two requests in August 2018 to extradite Nirav Modi. ”
The Telegraph reporters track down the billionaire fugitive at an £8 million apartment in London’s West End. Mr Modi, 48, fled India last year after becoming a suspect in the biggest banking fraud in the country’s history. Modi is accused of defrauding £1.5 billion from Punjab National Bank.
An Interpol red notice was issued on the request of the Indian authorities in July for Modi’s arrest but he has continued to remain at large.
The Telegraph has now tracked the jeweller down to a three-bedroom flat occupying half of a floor of the landmark Centre Point tower block, with views across London. The rent for a property like this is understood to be about £17,000 a month.
Modi, who has grown a handlebar moustache since becoming a fugitive, takes a daily walk from his flat to his new office with his dog. When the Telegraph spoke to him, he was wearing a jacket made from Ostrich hide, costing at least £10,000.
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The Telegraph has also reported that Modi was given a National Insurance number in recent months by the Department for Work & Pensions and has been able to operate online bank accounts in the UK while wanted by Indian authorities. He has also been in contact with a wealth management company based in west London, which specialises in advice to rich foreigners.
On February 26, the Enforcement Directorate attached properties of Nirav Modi and his associate companies to the tune of Rs 147 crore in connection with its ongoing probe into the case.
Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi are under probe by both the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the ED. The ED filed money laundering cases against them and others on February 15 on the basis of an FIR registered by the CBI.
The ED has till date attached properties worth Rs 4,765 crore of Choksi and Nirav Modi.