Aware that Nirav Modi is in United Kingdom, extradition requested

Aware that Nirav Modi is in United Kingdom, extradition requested

Aware that Nirav Modi is in United Kingdom, extradition requested

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".

The flat occupies half of a floor of the landmark Centre Point tower block with views across London, the report said, adding that the monthly rent for a property like this was understood to be about £17,000.

A two-minute video of the street encounter posted on Twitter provided the first visuals of Nirav, 48, in the British capital since he fled India early previous year. According to a video and interview published by The UK Daily Telegraph, the fugitive diamantaire is now residing in an £8 million flat near Oxford Street, London. To this too he says: "No comment". He was apparently sporting a jacket made from "Ostrich hide" which costs "at least £10,000" (over Rs 9 lakh).

Until now, Nirav's exact whereabouts had not been known.

Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi are the main accused in Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam and they both left India before the details of the fraud came to light in January 2018.

Mr. Choksi allegedly swindled ₹ 7,080.86 crore, making it possibly the biggest banking scam in the country, it alleged.

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A request for the extradition of Nirav Modi to India was sent in July 2018. Indian agencies have frozen his accounts and attached his stores and properties.

The revelation comes a day after Modi's 30,000 sq ft seaside mansion at Kihim beach in Maharashtra's Raigad district was demolished by authorities using explosives for alleged violation of coastal regulation rules. On Saturday, a British daily reported that billionaire diamantaire Nirav Modi is living in a swanky 8-million pound apartment in London's West End and is now involved in a new diamond business. "The business, which was incorporated last May, is linked to his flat in Centre Point although he is not listed as a director at Companies House", the report said. The Telegraph said it had "put to the Home Office (the possibility) that Modi may have applied for asylum in the UK", but the Home Office had said "it does not comment on individual cases".

Britain's Department of Work and Pensions has also granted the businessman a National Insurance number, The Telegraph reported quoting unidentified government officials.

"He has also been in contact with a wealth management company based in west London, which specialises in advice to rich foreigners", the report said.

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The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) also reacted on the issue of Modi's extradition, saying the United Kingdom was still considering India's request.

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