Nirav Modi's legal team argue extraditing him to India could result in suicide
Jewellery tycoon accused of fraud Nirav Modi’s legal team told the High Court in London, UK that he would be a substantial suicide risk if extradited to India as they attempt to secure a full extradition appeal.
Modi, who faces charges of fraud at the Punjab National Bank, destruction of evidence, and witness intimidation in India, is fighting to appeal the UK court’s decision to extradite him. At his most recent extradition “renewal hearing” on July 21, Modi’s legal team focused on his mental health and argued that it would be wrong to extradite him due to his suicidal impulses, ET Bureau reported.
The legal team are attempting to secure a full extradition appeal at the UK High Court to overturn the ruling made at his extradition trial and signed-off on my UK Home Secretary Priti Patel.
Modi’s legal team also argued that there is a high risk of contracting Covid-19 at Arthur Road Jail, where he is planned to be held in Mumbai in the lead up to his planned trial. The jail has suffered from a high rate of infection throughout the pandemic.
“The District Judge was wrong to hold that there was nothing unusual about the Appellant's [Nirav Modi] mental condition; and wrong to focus on his present fitness to plead,” said Modi’s barrister Edward Fitzgerald at the hearing on Wednesday, the Press Trust of India reported.
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