UK has promised "full cooperation" with Indian authorities on Nirav Modi case, says Kiren Rijiju

After reports that billionaire fugitive jeweller Nirav Modi had fled to the UK, the Union Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju, met the UK minister Baroness Williams, who reportedly promised Rijiju "full cooperation".

Nirav Modi has been confirmed as currently residing in the UK - Nirav Modi- Facebook

"I had a very useful meeting with UK minister Baroness Williams,” Rijiju told reporters after the hour-long meeting with the British baroness, who holds the titles of UK Minister of State for Countering Extremism and Minister of Equalities.

“We discussed about India-UK joint efforts to deal with terrorism and extremism," Rijiju added. "We also agreed to cooperate in the matters of extradition and sharing of information."

Rijiju also told reporters: “I have put across the demand of the Government of India that anybody who is wanted in India by Indian agencies or Indian court, we seek the cooperation from the UK authorities and the minister has assured to give full cooperation whether it’s the Vijay Mallya case or Nirav Modi or anybody and there is a good understanding between the Government of India and the Government of the UK.”

Along with Nirav Modi, India is also in the process of trying to extradite the liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya who is accused of fraud and money laundering totalling Rs 9,000. If negotiations over Mallya’s extradition prove successful after his hearing on July 31, then this could set a precedent for Modi’s possible extradition.

Both Modi and Choksi fled India before news of their accused fraud broke. Modi was previously believed to be in the US where he recently filed for bankruptcy for three of his companies based there. A US investigation into Modi’s finances is also currently underway.

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