London. The trial of the extradition of fugitive diamond trader Nirav Modi to India is scheduled to resume in a London court. Nirav Modi, who has been in Wandsworth jail in south-west London since his arrest in March 2019, will be produced in court via video-link for the second phase of his extradition trial. The second phase of the trial is expected to conclude the debate on setting up a prima facie case against the 49-year-old fugitive. There has been a request for extradition by Indian authorities for Nirav Modi, which was certified by UK Home Secretary Preeti Patel earlier this year.
Additional allegations have also been made of Nirav Modi missing the evidence and intimidating witnesses. Nirav Modi is also accused of disappearing evidence and threatening witnesses. The court has also scheduled an additional hearing on November 3. After this, on December 1, both sides will give their final arguments. Nirav Modi has been lodged in Wandsworth Jail in south-west London since his arrest in March last year. During the previous hearing, he was ordered held in custody till the next hearing of the trial began on September 7. The defending team has also raised concerns about Nirav Modi’s deteriorating mental health in Wandsworth, one of England’s most crowded prisons.
It is noteworthy that Nirav Modi is accused of scam of about Rs 13 thousand crore to Punjab National Bank. In February 2018, when the PNB scam surfaced, Nirav Modi absconded. He was then arrested in London. Since then, his property worth several crores has been confiscated in the country. India is constantly trying to extradite Nirav.
Nirav Modi carried out the alleged fraud of nearly two billion dollars with Punjab National Bank (PNB). Various investigative agencies in India have registered cases against him. In this case, Nirav Modi’s colleague Mehul Chauksi is also wanted in India.