While Nirav Modi the diamantaire and the fugitive traced to London, the Central Bureau of Investigation is in constant contact with Interpol and the authorities in the United Kingdom asking them to get moving on the red corner notice against the fugitive and arrest him with immediate effect.
As per a Times of India report, the sources of the CBI stated that they will ask the Interpol United Kingdom to ensure he does not flee from there since he is likely to go to another country on a different identity.
As per the officials, the Interpol and the United Kingdom had informed them in August 2018 itself that Nirav Modi was in the country but his exact location remained unknown. It was also learned by the Indian agencies that he was frequenting European countries and was seeing his lawyers so as to discuss the legal proceedings going on against him in India, US and the UK. Some of the countries he had travelled to last year are Hong Kong, France, Belgium and US.
An officer requesting anonymity stated, “Since his location remains unknown as of now, the first step should be to arrest him as there is enough evidence of cheating, criminal conspiracy, and money laundering against him which has been provided to the United Kingdom for his extradition request. His Indian passport has already been revoked which implies that the UK authorities need to confiscate whatever travel documents he uses currently”.
The moment he is caught, a joint team of the ED and the CBI is likely to send a team to London to assist in the extradition trial. It was in the month of July that an international arrest warrant, red notice was issued against Nirav Modi whereas a request for his extradition was sent to the UK in August last year.
Nirav Modi is accused of defrauding Punjab National Bank of Rs. 13,578 crore along with his uncle Mehul Choksi which is known to be the biggest bank scam of India.
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