Nirav Modi’s case management hearings set to continue until extradition trial case management
today Oct 18, 2019
Accused jewellery tycoon Nirav Modi will be required to appear via video-link for a number of case hearings before the case management for his planned extradition trial begins in February 2020.
Nirav Modi is set to attend case hearings every 28 days and then begin case management hearings in the lead up to his extradition trial which has been scheduled for May 11 to 15, 2020, the Press Trust of India reported. The case management for Modi’s extradition trial is scheduled to begin in February next year and will take over from the case hearings.
Although the Westminster Magistrates Court said at Modi’s previous case hearing that it is working towards a five day extradition trial in May, there would be an appeal process should Modi be sentenced to extradition which could take a number of months.
The jeweller has been held in Wandsworth Prison in London, UK, since his arrest in the capital on March 19. Modi has exhausted all of his bail hearing and appeal options and was consistently denied bail as he was deemed a flight risk.
Modi is accused of playing a major role in the Rs 13,500 ($2 billion) fraud at the Punjab National Bank along with his Uncle and fellow jewellery Mehul Choksi of Gitanjali Gems. As Modi remains in UK custody, Choksi is believed to still be residing in Antigua where he fled to before news of the scandal broke in the media.
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