PNB scam: India requests UK to extradite bank fraud fugitive Nirav Modi
The government has sent a request to the UK for the extradition of absconding jeweler Nirav Modi, wanted in India in connection with USD 2 billion scam in the Punjab National Bank.
"The request has been sent by a Special Diplomatic Bag to the High Commission of India (HCI), London for onward transmission to the UK authorities," Singh said in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha yesterday.
Modi and his uncle Mehul Chokshi are the main accused in the scam, India's biggest banking fraud. Both of them left India before the details of the fraud came to light on January 16.
While it has now emerged that Choksi has taken citizenship of caribbean island of Antigua, there is no clarity on whereabouts of Modi.
There were reports that Modi visited several countries in the past few months including the UK, France and Belgium.
On February 16, the MEA revoked Modi's passport. However, Singh said the MEA has no means to verify the travels, if any, of Modi and the passport used for such travels by him.
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