Nirav Modi renews extradition appeal, UK court schedules hearing for July 21
Jewellery tycoon Nirav Modi has renewed his extradition appeal in the UK High Court following the rejection of his first appeal. The court has scheduled a renewal hearing for July 21.
Nirav Modi, who is being held in Wandsworth Prison outside London, UK, made his second appeal against the UK authorities’ decision to extradite him to India to stand trial for his alleged fraud at the Punjab National Bank on June 29, ET Bureau reported.
“A renewal hearing is listed for 21 July 2021,” said a UK court official on Tuesday, the Press Trust of India reported.
The hearing in July will see the court judge whether Modi has sufficient grounds for an appeal against his extradition and thus whether or not the court will hold a full hearing on the matter.
The UK Crown Prosecution Service is representing Indian authorities in Modi’s hearings and has stated that, should Modi be given the chance to stage a full appeal, it will contest that appeal on behalf of the Government of India.
While Modi’s legal team have argued that he will not be treated fairly if extradited to India, Indian authorities argue that there is a ‘prima facie’ case against him, which District Judge Sam Goozee concluded at Modi’s trial in February.
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