Indian authorities work to ascertain Nirav Modi's passport and visa status

Soon after news broke of the fugitive jewellery tycoon Nirav Modi’s arrival in the UK, he was reported to have fled for Belgium. The Indian authorities are currently trying to ascertain his immigration status in order to attempt to extradite him to India.

Nirav Modi may have permanent leave to remain in the UK - Nirav Modi- Facebook

After reports of Modi entering and leaving the UK multiple times surfaced, questions have been raised as to how this was possible when Modi’s passport was revoked in February. Indian authorities are now trying to find out if Modi has been given an indefinite leave to remain (ILR) visa in the UK.

With an ILR visa, holders have certain legal protections against deportation. This would mean that, if Modi did have such a visa in one of this passports, India would have to file for extradition under the bilateral treaty signed by the UK and India. According to TNN, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) plans to file extradition requests with multiple countries due to Modi’s frequent changing of location.

So far, the UK Home Office has not revealed how Modi was able to enter the UK and which passport he used.

It has not made a statement on whether or not Modi has an ILR visa. India is not on the UK’s list of countries from which people are allowed to seek asylum in Modi’s situation. However, if he returns to the UK, this does not mean that his extradition will be easy. The liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya, who is also accused of fraud and is currently residing in the UK, has been resisting extradition for months.

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