The British court has approved the extradition of Nirav Modi, absconding in the Punjab National Bank fraud case, to India. After which it is being hoped that Nirav Modi, accused of embezzling about 12 thousand crore rupees from Punjab National Bank, may come to India soon. After reaching India, Nirav Modi will be kept in the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai. But, according to British laws, many screws are still stuck in Nirav’s arrival in India.
Appeal option left in British High Court
Nirav Modi has an option to appeal in the High Court against the Westminster Court’s decision. Nirav Modi’s lawyers will also argue with Indian investigative agencies and British prosecutors during the hearing here. After which the High Court will pronounce its decision on extraditing Nirav to India. In such a situation, the hopes of this fugitive businessman coming to India immediately are low.
The decision will be sent to the British Home Minister
The verdict of the Westminster Magistrate Court in London will be sent to Britain’s Home Minister Preeti Patel for signature today. After which the British Minister will approve this decision of the court. Nirav Modi’s extradition to India may be delayed even if there is a bottleneck here. However, many Indian government officials maintain close contact with the British government.
Nirav Modi was arrested on 19 March 2019
Nirav Modi was arrested on 19 March 2019 on an extradition warrant and was involved through a video link from Wandsworth Jail during several hearings in connection with the extradition case. The court has already rejected several Nirav bail applications.
What did the court say in today’s decision?
Westminster Court Judge Samuel Gooji, while delivering the verdict today, clearly stated that there is necessary evidence to convict Nirav. The court also admitted that Nirav Modi conspired to erase the evidence and threaten witnesses.
Nirav Modi’s mental health argument also rejected
The British court also rejected Nirav Modi’s plea for mental health concerns. The court said that in such a situation it is not unusual. The judge said that Nirav Modi would be given adequate treatment and mental health care at Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai. The judge said that there is no risk of suicide by sending Nirav Modi to India as he has an adequate medical facility in Arthur Road Jail.