National Desk: Nirav Modi, a diamond businessman who scammed over 14,000 crore rupees in Punjab National Bank along with his maternal uncle Mehul Choksi, has suffered a major setback in the British court. Nirav Modi has lost his case against extradition to India. A UK judge ruled that he could be sent to India to face charges of forgery and money laundering in a case involving fraud of nearly two billion dollars from Punjab National Bank (PNB). The ruling was delivered by District Judge Samuel Gooji at the Westminster Magistrate's Court in London. Nirav Modi (49) attended the hearing via video conference from Wandsworth Jail in South West London.
Starting the hearing of the case, the court said that I have accepted all the evidence presented by the Government of India. I am satisfied that there is evidence that Nirav Modi can be blamed. The court said that there is a case in India against Nirav Modi which he has to answer. The court said in its judgment that Nirav Modi conspired to destroy evidence and intimidate witnesses.
The court also said that Nirav Modi would be provided with proper medical treatment and mental health care at Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai. Nirav challenged the extradition order against him in the court. On Thursday, after a two-year-long legal battle, District Judge Samuel Gooji ruled that there is a legal case against Nirav in which he should appear in an Indian court.
Nirav Modi is currently lodged in a London jail
Nirav Modi is currently lodged in a London jail. Modi (49) is expected to appear in Westminster magistrate court in South West London via Wandsworth Jail, where District Judge Samuel Gooji will give his verdict that the diamond businessman has a case to appear before Indian courts Or not. The decision of the magistrate's court will then be sent to Britain's Home Minister Preeti Patel for signature. However, on the basis of the verdict, either side is also likely to do so in the High Court. Nirav Modi was arrested on 19 March 2019 on an extradition warrant and during several hearings in connection with the extradition case he was involved via video link from Wandsworth Jail. Many of his attempts to bail have been dismissed in the magistrate court and the high court as he is at risk of absconding.