A UK court on Thursday, has ordered the extradition of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, accepting the Indian case that he threatened witnesses and tampered with evidence. Nearly two-year-long legal battle, the District Judge Samuel Goozee at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court also accepted the prima facie evidence against Modi for money laundering.
“Many of these are a matter for trial in India. I am satisfied again that there is evidence he could be convicted,” the court was quoted as saying by ANI.
As per reports, the country's extradition judge will send an order to extradite him to UK Home Secretary who will now decide the billionaire's fate. However, Nirav is expected to appeal the decision in the High Court.
For the unversed, Nirav is behind bars in a London prison on charges of fraud and money laundering in the estimated $2-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam case.