Nirav Modi must be extradited to India, states the British Supreme Court

PNB scam: The UK Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi’s appeal and ordered his extradition to India. Nirav Modi is facing a fraud and money laundering investigation by ED and CBI.

The UK court said extradition of Nirav Modi will not be unfair or oppressive.

Modi is a prime accused in the Rs 13,500 crore PNB bank fraud case. Today’s judgment was delivered by Lord Justice Jeremy Stuart-Smith and Justice Robert Jay, who presided over the appeal hearing earlier this year.

Nirav Modi was arrested in London in April 2020 at India’s request. Since then he has been held at Wandsworth Prison in south-east London. Last February, the fugitive company lost its case after District Judge Sam Goozee’s Westminster Magistrates Court ruled in favor of his extradition to India.

However, he was granted permission to appeal the sentence. His appeal was due to his mental health.

The leave to appeal in the High Court was granted on two grounds – under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) to hear arguments if it would be “unjust or oppressive” to extradite Modi because of his mental condition and para 91 of the Extradition Act of 2003, also related to mental illness.

Modi is currently under extradition proceedings in the UK.

(With inputs from PTI)

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