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UK govt gives nod for extradition of Nirav Modi to India

16/04/2021 at 9:11 PM

New Delhi, Apr 16: The Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam accused and Diamond Merchant, Nirav Modi’s extradition was approved by UK home secretary Priti Patel, giving nod to bring back the fugitive billionaire to the country.

Earlier, on February 25, the Westminister Magistrates’ Court in London ruled in favour of the Indian government and cleared the legal pathway to Nirav Modi’s extradition following which it only needed approval of British home secretary Priti Patel. However, she signed extradition order on April 15.

On the other hand, Nirav Modi has several legal avenues left now which may take long time to be completed before his extradition back to India. Now, he has 14 days to make an application for leave to appeal against both the decisions of the district judge and of the home secretary in the High Court similarly as seen in the case of Vijay Mallya, who went to court against his extradition order signed back in February 2019.

Meanwhile, Nirav Modi is facing two sets of criminal proceedings, one one by the CBI in the PNB fraud and the other by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) relating to the laundering of the proceeds of the fraud.

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