The Hush Post: Nirav Modi is in Hong Kong. As per the latest inputs based on intelligence sources, investigating agencies have finally confirmed that diamantaire Nirav Modi is in Hong Kong.
Earlier, China had already said that it will not intervene in a negative manner to Indian request as regards Nirav Modi’s arrest and that Hong Kong can take an independent decision.
Modi is wanted in connection with the ₹13,578-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud. His exact whereabouts have been zeroed in on.
A request has been sent to Hong Kong’s Department of Justice asking for the temporary arrest of Modi. They have cited the cases of fraud against him registered by the CBI and the ED, and the non-bailable warrant issued against him by the court.
The request regarding his extradition, are still being examined by the Ministry of External Affairs. The authorities in Hong Kong haven’t responded to India’s request though they are in the know of it. The request for Nirav Modi’s provisional arrest would come under the Agreement for the Surrender of Fugitive Offenders with the government of Hong Kong.
The extradition agreement between India and Hong Kong came into force 20 years ago. It deals with extradition of people accused or convicted of various crimes. The Article 10 has a provision for ‘provisional arrests’ necessitated by circumstances.
The agencies suspect that Nirav Modi may try to flee from Hong Kong. After the fraud started coming to light in bits and pieces to PNB officials, Nirav Modi exited India and straightaway went to the US. He was photographed in New York and subsequently, he managed to slip out of US to Hong Kong.
The provisional-arrest should indicate a request for the surrender of the accused. Such arrest remains valid for only two months. During this period the request of surrender should also be made.
India last secured an extradition of another fraudster Ashok Tahilram Sadarangani on June 6, 2004 from Hong Kong.
The accused had vanished from India in 2001 after committing fraud on the Union Bank of India and the Bank of Maharashtra of ₹8.5 crore. After this, the Interpol pitched in and a red corner notice was served on him before his final arrest.