Nirav Modi interviewed on London road!

Minnie Murray
March 10, 2019

India's most wanted man has reportedly been seen in London.

A British daily reported that Modi, accused in the Dollars 2-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam, is living in a swanky 8-million pound apartment in London's West End and is now involved in a new diamond business. Modi and Choksi, and their three partnership firms, Diamond "R" US, Solar Exports and Stellar DIamonds, are accused of routing Rs 13,500 crore worth of fraudulent transactions through state-owned PNB. Also, an Interpol "red corner" arrest warrant was issued against Nirav Modi on the ED's request, who along with his family as well as uncle Choksi left the country in January, a month before the fraud came to light. Nirav is apparently in contact with a wealth management firm in west London, which is famous for offering advice to rich foreigners. He alleged that Modi had snatched people's money from ordinary people and gifted them to Nirav Modi. If the BJP says fugitives are living the life of refugees, the newspaper found this particular fugitive "living a privileged lifestyle in London". "Why not? because he wants Narendra Modi to become the Prime Minister". Footage uploaded by The Daily Telegraph shows a plumper and visibly aged Nirav. Modi repeatedly answered "no comment" to questions put to him. He would not say whether he has applied for political asylum.

India said on Saturday it was waiting for Britain to respond to its request to extradite fugitive billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi, after London's Telegraph newspaper reported that he was living in an upscale apartment in London.

In June 2018, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had written to several European countries seeking help in tracing Nirav Modi.

The Indian Enforcement Directorate issued a statement saying the extradition request was sent in July 2018.

Centre Point tower block, in London's West End. "The business describes itself on Companies House as a wholesale trader in watches and jewellery and a retailer of watches and jewellery in specialised stores". However, Nirav is not listed as a director.

An extradition request against Modi is pending since last September before the United Kingdom authorities.

A source told the Telegraph that he had been given a National Insurance number, meaning he can legally work here, and has used British bank accounts. It is not an worldwide arrest warrant. His legal team accuses the Punjab National Bank of a cover-up to avoid liability for the missing funds. It doesn't take much to get a National Insurance number.

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