Nirav Modi to appeal UK extradition at next hearing on June 28
Diamond tycoon Nirav Modi’s appeal against the UK High Court ruling to extradite him to India to stand trial for fraud will continue with a hearing on June 28 as Modi cites mental health as grounds to remain in the UK.
“The hearing is listed for the 28th June,” the UK Royal Courts of Justice’s administrative office confirmed in a statement, the Press Trust of India reported. The first hearing for Modi’s extradition appeal took place in December last year and the June heating will continue the appeal.
Nirav Modi, who is accused of fraud at the Punjab National Bank in one of India’s largest ever fraud cases, has pleaded that he is suffering from severe depression and is a high risk of suicide, which his legal team are arguing would be made worse by extradition to India. “He is at high risk of suicide already and his condition is likely to deteriorate further in Mumbai,” said Edward Fitzgerald QC of Modi’s legal team at the December appeal hearing, ET Bureau reported.
Modi has been held at Wandsworth Prison in south-west London where he has resided since his arrest in London in March, 2019. The UK High Court ruled to extradite him in August, 2021, believing that there is sufficient evidence to try him for fraud and that he will be treated humanely while in custody in India, two points which Modi’s legal team argued against.
Modi is also accused of tampering with evidence and witness intimidation as part of the case. Modi’s Uncle Mehul Choksi, who was the promoter of Gitanjali Gems, is also accused of fraud and Indian authorities are attempting to extradite him to India, a saga which has involved alleged kidnapping and assault.
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