The Hush Post| 05:50pm| 1-min-read
The Royal Courts of Justice in London denied bail to Indian fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi on Wednesday. The 48-year-old accused in the infamous Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case had in an appeal tp the UK High Court asked for a review of a lower court order that has denied him bail thrice.
Nirav Modi was arrested on March 20 and has been in Her Majesty’s Prison Wandsworth, one of the largest prisons in Western Europe. He can re-apply for bail at the magistrate’s court after taking permission from the lower court.
Nirav Modi had argued that he had arrived in the UK in January 2018, before he was accused of any crime. Contesting India’s extradition request, he said he was in Britain lawfully, had a job and paid his taxes.
During the hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice, Justice Ingrid Simler observed that there was “compelling evidence” that there have been efforts to “interfere with witness statements” and destruction of evidence.
“I am satisfied that there is evidence of destruction of evidence. They contained data in discs which would have been of interest to authorities… It seems he has means to access funds… I feel that the applicant would fail to surrender,” she said.
Nirav Modi has been denied bail thrice before at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London.
The arguments for the bail lead had taken place on Tuesday and the order was reserved for Wednesday. Modi’s defence counsel had argued yesterday that his children will soon start studying in London and there was no way he would flee. Besides, he would be electronically tracked while on bail which would leave no scope for his fleeing the country.