Almost two months after a UK court found fugitive businessman Nirav Modi guilty of fraud and money laundering in the Punjab National Bank scam and ordered his extradition to India, UK home secretary Priti Patel has cleared his extradition.
The decision comes as a shot in the arm for India. The Indian government which has been trying to bring the fugitive economic offender back to India. Though, Nirav Modi reserves a right to appeal against his extradition in the high court, which his lawyer said would be the next course of action.
Zulfiquar Memon, who represents Nirav Modi has said – “We will now go to the high court challenging the order of the Westminster Magistrate Court.”
A UK Home Office spokesperson said: “On February 25, the District Judge gave judgment in the extradition case of Nirav Modi. The extradition order was signed on April 15.”
Nirav Modi now has 14 days to make an application for leave to appeal to the High Court. He may seek leave to appeal against both the decisions of the District Judge and of the Home Secretary, people cited above said.
While ordering his extradition on February 25, the Westminster District Judge Sam Goozee stated that Modi has a case to answer in India as he, along with his brother Nehal Modi and others, had defrauded the public sector bank, laundered the money taken from it and conspired to destroy evidence and intimidate witnesses.