Mumbai: As long awaited extradition of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi has been given a nod by a UK court, Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai is all set to host the accused of USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam case fraudster, as per a police official.
The jail official said that once Nirav Modi is brought to India, he will be kept in one of the three cells of barrack number 12, which has specially been prepared for him and is a high-security barrack.
“Preparations for lodging Nirav Modi in the jail have been completed and the prison cell is ready for him, whenever he is extradited,” the official said.
On Thursday, India won the comprehensive extradition of Nirav Modi as the 49-year-old fugitive businessman lost his nearly two-year-long legal battle against extradition after a UK judge ruled that the diamond merchant not only has a case to answer in the Indian courts but that there is no evidence to suggest he would not receive a fair trial in India.
Till now, Nirav has been repeatedly denied bail due to the seriousness of the allegations against him and remains behind the bars in a London prison since his arrest in March 2019.
Also the Maharashtra prisons department had in 2019 shared information with the Centre about the status of the prison and facilities for lodging Nirav Modi after his extradition to the country. The prison department had also assured that Nirav Modi will be kept in a cell, where the number of detainees will be few.
As per jail officials, if lodged in the barrack, Nirav Modi will get only three square meters of personal space, where a cotton mat, pillow, bed sheet and blanket will be provided to him.