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Extradition of Nirav Modi to India.

Nirav Modi is accused of his alleged involvement in the ₹14,000-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud. United Kingdom’s home secretary Priti Patel has cleared the extradition of fugitive billionaire and diamond merchant Nirav Modi to India. The CBI had registered the case on January 31, 2018, against Modi, Choksi and others including then officials of Punjab National Bank on a complaint from the Bank on the allegations that the accused had hatched a criminal conspiracy amongst themselves to defraud the public sector Bank by fraudulently issuing Letters of Undertaking. On February 25, a Westminster Magistrates’ Court allowed Modi’s extradition. The findings of the court were sent to the UK Home Department as per which it cleared the extradition. Modi, 50, who remains behind bars at Wandsworth Prison in southwest London, has 14 days to apply for permission to appeal against the Home Secretary’s order in the High Court in London. Under the UK Extradition Act 2003, the judge sent his findings to the Secretary of State for Home Affairs. It is the UK Cabinet minister who is authorised to order extradition under the India-UK Extradition Treaty and has two months within which to make that decision.

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