Nirav Modi arrested in London, say British police

Rs 13000-crore PNB scam accused Nirav Modi arrested in London

London's Westminster court today remanded Punjab and National Bank (PNB) scam accused Nirav Modi, 48, to custody, it was the first time the fugitive businessman was in court.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), arguing the case for his extradition to face the Indian justice system on behalf of the Indian government, had strongly opposed bail because Modi had deliberately evaded justice and not returned to India despite a series of criminal summons issued by Indian courts.

Fugitive diamond trader Nirav Modi has been arrested in London's Holborn metro station.

The ED, early this month, had said that United Kingdom's home secretary Sajid Javid had referred India's request for extraditing Modi to a court for initiating legal proceedings against the diamantaire.

After the request letter of CBI to the International Police (INTERPOL), a red corner notice was issued under his name.

February 14, 2018: Punjab National Bank reached CBI to complain about Nirav Modi for illegally transferring about Rs11,000 crore of taxpayers' money overseas from its Mumbai branch. "The directorate has also been making necessary efforts for successful extradition of Nirav Modi", it said.

In the prison in south London, 48-year-old Modi's inmates will include the likes of alleged Dawood henchman Pakistani-origin Jabir Moti, now undergoing extradition proceedings to the US.

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Indian authorities have been seeking Modi's arrest since February 2018, when they alleged companies he controlled defrauded the state-owned Punjab National Bank by using fake financial documents to get loans to buy and import jewels. An arrest warrant was issued against him two days ago on March 18.

Hence, it said, the extradition request for Modi could only be sent after a chargesheet was filed against him, which was done by the agency in May previous year.

"It's amusing to see the BJP falling over itself to credit the PM with the Nirav Modi arrest while completely ignoring the fact that it was The Telegraph of London & it's correspondent who found Nirav Modi, not the PM & his agencies", he tweeted.

Nirav Modi, who was living in a plush apartment in Centre Point in the West End until his arrest on Tuesday, was sent to prison on the eve of Holi.

The order apparently came in response to a request by the ED for his extradition to India.

The Modi government had drawn criticism when the PNB fraud hit headlines and it came to light that Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Chowksi had left the country after reported involvement in the PNB case.

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