British court clears Nirav Modi's extradition

Wednesday 03rd March 2021 05:47 EST

A British court last week cleared the decks for fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi's extradition to India, accepting "prima facie" that he defrauded Punjab National Bank (PNB) of £649.8 million, laundered the proceeds and interfered with witnesses and evidence. Forwarding the case to UK home secretary Priti Patel for the formality of signing the extradition order, district judge Sam Goozée of the Westminster magistrates’ court said doing so would neither be oppressive nor a breach of 49-year-old Nirav's human rights.

Patel must put her seal on the extradition within two months, failing which Nirav can apply to be discharged. During this time, he may make representations as to why he should not be extradited. If she goes ahead and orders his extradition, then he will have 14 days to apply for permission to appeal in the UK high court.

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