Enforcement Directorate has said that the United Kingdom’s Home Secretary has recently referred India’s request for extraditing PNB scam accused Nirav Modi to a court for initiating legal proceedings against him.
The ED in a statement said that request for extradition of Nirav Modi to India was sent in July 2018 to the UK. It said, the UK Central Authority of Home Office has confirmed that the extradition request has been sent to the Westminster Magistrate Court for the district judge for further proceedings.
The ED and the CBI are investigating Nirav Modi, his uncle Mehul Choksi and others for alleged money laundering and corruption to perpetuate the alleged scam in the Brady House branch of the PNB in Mumbai that was unearthed last year.
Nirav Modi has been charge-sheeted by both the agencies and the ED has also attached his assets worth 1,873 crore rupees under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and has also seized assets linked to him and his family worth over 489 crore rupees.
The ED had charge-sheeted Nirav Modi and others under the PMLA in May last year and subsequently, moved a court to get him declared absconder under the newly-enacted Fugitive Economic Offenders Act in July last year.