United Kingdom's home secretary Priti Patel has cleared the extradition of fugitive billionaire and diamond merchant Nirav Modi to India according to CBI officials. Nirav Modi is accused of his alleged involvement in the ₹14,000-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud.
He had allegedly perpetrated the fraud in the Punjab National Bank in collusion with his uncle Mehul Choksi. On February 25, a Westminster Magistrates' Court allowed Modi's extradition. The findings of the court were sent to the UK Home Department as per which it cleared the extradition.
Nirav, who remains behind bars at Wandsworth Prison in south-west London, has 14 days to apply for permission to appeal against the Home Secretary’s order in the High Court in London.
This comes after a UK court ruled that Nirav Modi could be extradited to India after dismissing arguments like his mental health worsening during the pandemic and poor Indian prison conditions, news reports said.