New Delhi: Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh today told Rajya Sabha that the government has sent a request to the UK for extraditing fugitive Nirav Modi.
Nirav Modi is wanted in the Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case. Nirav Modi along with his uncle Mehul Choksi of the Gitanjali group are being probed in the fraud scam by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The ED had, on May 24 and May 26, filed prosecution complaints or charge-sheets against Choksi and Modi.
“An extradition request has been received in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for the extradition of Nirav Modi from the UK,” Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
“The request has been sent by a Special Diplomatic Bag to the High Commission of India (HCI), london for onward transmission to the UK authorities,” he said.
Singh said that the MEA revoked the passport of Modi as per the provisions of Section 10(3)(c) of the Passports Act, 1967, on February 16, 2018.
“This information was conveyed to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for onward transmission to the Interpol,” he said.