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Nirav Modi remand hearing from UK jail- bail denied again

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today Apr 26, 2019
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Jeweller Nirav Modi’s second application for bail from the UK jail in which he is currently held was denied at a hearing on April 26. The judge scheduled the next hearing for May 24.

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Modi appeared before Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday via a videolink from Wandsworth Prison, UK, where he is currently being held. Modi made his second application for bail but it was swiftly denied, the Press Trust of India reported.

Modi, who has been held in Wandsworth Prison since his arrest last month, will now be remanded there until May 24. Modi is legally able to make a third appeal for bail but only if the terms are significantly different to his previous applications. 

The Westminster Magistrates' Court judge set the date for a full hearing for Modi’s possible extradition to India for May 30. Indian authorities are trying to extradite Modi to India to stand trial for his alleged part in the fraud at the Punjab National Bank. Even if UK authorities agree to extradite Modi, the process could take a long time as there is an appeal process. 

Modi’s UK legal team includes solicitor Anand Doobay and barrister Clare Montgomery who previously offered £1 million for bail. The judge believed Modi to be a flight risk and therefore denied him bail.

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