CBI authorised to send additional extradition request against Nirav Modi to UK court
Jan 9, 2020
On January 8, the Central Bureau of Investigation was granted permission to send additional evidence against accused jewellery tycoon Nirav Modi through a supplementary charge-sheet as it aims to bolster its extradition case against him.
As the CBI gears up for Nirav Modi’s upcoming extradition trial in London, UK, in May, the agency has been given permission to send over more evidence, TNN reported. A second charge-sheet which represents a second extradition request will now be sent to a special court in London and the matter will be heard and examined in court on January 13.
"In view of the supplementary charge-sheet filed against accused of which cognisance is taken, the extradition request as urged be issued," special judge VC Barde said in court on Wednesday, according to TNN.
In December 2019, the CBI invoked additional charges against Modi as part of the ongoing Punjab National Bank fraud case in which he is already accused of playing a major role. The CBI added criminal intimidation and destruction of evidence charges and accused Modi of threatening to kill a key witness.
Nirav Modi is accused of a Rs 13,500 crore ($2 billion) fraud at the PNB along with his Uncle and fellow jeweller Mehul Choksi, who was the promoter for Gitanjali Gems. Indian authorities are also currently working to extradite Choksi from Antigua to India.
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