Enforcement Directorate prepares enable banks to sell off Nirav Modi's assets
The Enforcement Directorate has released a Mumbai property belonging to jewellery tycoon Nirav Modi following a court order. This will enable banks to sell it to recover funds from Modi’s alleged fraud.
Nirav Modi’s Kala Ghoda property, which was once historic music shop Rhythm House, is expected to be auctioned off soon, ET Bureau reported. The ED had attached a list of around 30 properties belonging to Modi as part of the ongoing fraud case against him and his Uncle and fellow jewellery tycoon Mehul Choksi at the Punjab National Bank. The properties also include factories in diamond-hub Surat and luxury apartments.
“The ED has begun the process of detaching assets held by Firestar Diamond International and Firestar International,” court-appointed asset liquidator Santanu T Ray told the Economic Times. “Rhythm is the first such detachment.”
Nirav Modi is currently residing in Wandsworth Prison in the UK and is appealing the UK court’s decision to extradite him to India to stand trial. Should Modi loose the appeals open to him and be extradited to India, he will be housed in Arthur Road jail in Mumbai as he awaits his trial. Choksi is currently fighting his own extradition from Antigua and Barbuda which is proving more complex as he is a citizen of the territory.
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