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PNB scam: UK home secretary approves extradition of Nirav Modi to India

NEW DELHI: UK home secretary Priti Patel on Friday approved the extradition of fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi in connection with the Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam case, news agency PTI reported quoting CBI officials.
Earlier in February, a London court had ordered that Nirav Modi could be extradited as “he does have a case to answer before the Indian courts.”
Currently, Nirav Modi has been lodged in a UK prison since his arrest in March 2019.
Once extradited to India, he will face charges of fraud, money laundering, alleged intimidation of witnesses and disappearance of evidence.
The diamond merchant is wanted in connection with the $2 billion (more than Rs 14,000 crore) PNB scam case.
Nirav Modi now has 14 days to challenge the order in the UK high court. Any appeal, if granted, will be heard at the administrative division of the high court in London.
In case extradited, Nirav Modi would be held at Barrack No 12 at the Arthur Road jail in Mumbai.
India is a designated Part 2 country by virtue of the Extradition Act 2003, which means it is the UK cabinet minister who has the authority to order a requested person’s extradition after considering a number of further issues.
(With inputs from agencies)

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