The Hush Post: Diamantaire Nirav Modi has started travelling by trains in order to give a slip to the investigative agencies keeping a tab on him.
The main accused in the Rs 13,000 crore fraud, travelled on his Indian passport on June 12, when he took a Eurostar high-speed train from London to Brussels. He has undertaken many other journeys within Europe by boarding a train.
Indian officials have verified this from European immigration authorities who found Nirav Modi’s trip details to Brussels.
Though Modi’s passport was revoked on February 24, the Central Bureau of Investigation moved the Interpol on June 11 for a red corner notice. The agency did so after a chargesheet was recently filed against Modi.
With Interpol being approached recently, Modi could have availed of the window available to him to travel to Brussels. Asked how Modi was still managing to travel on a revoked passport, a foreign ministry spokesperson said, “We will know how he is travelling only when we are informed by (investigating) agencies.”
Modi’s passport details need to be incorporated in the international police body’s database of lost or cancelled passports, which further imposes travel ban. His passport was revoked after the ED and CBI requested for it. However, he is understood to have made trips across Schengen countries using his Indian passport. The source said Modi, born in Belgium, had a Singapore passport and possibly a third one from Morocco, which is up for verification.
The CBI and ED have registered different cases of fraud and money laundering against Modi.
According to intelligence gathered by agencies, Modi recently visited London to explore the possibility of obtaining a long-term UK visa that gives one protection from deportation. There is also a possibility that Modi could have met Mallya, who happens to be somewhat in the same league.
Meanwhile, in Brussels, Indian authorities have informed banks and financial institutions about the investigation against Modi, blocking his financial transactions. However, the source said these preventive measures had hardly impacted Modi’s business as he was able to carry out operations through companies allegedly floated by his father and associates.