UK Home Minister approves extradition of Nirav Modi to India

UK Home Minister approves extradition of Nirav Modi to India

The 50-year old jeweller is currently accommodated at London's Wandsworth Prison since March 19, 2019.

United Kingdom's Home Minister Priti Patel on Friday approved the extradition of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi to India, reported ANI. The development comes after the businessman, wanted in India in connection with the $2-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam case, lost a legal battle against deportation to India, in the UK on February 25.

The UK Westminster Magistrates' Court in its 83-page order had struck down Modi's defence that he won't be given a fair trial in India.

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The court also junked another contention by Modi's defence team on his mental health worsening due to pandemic and potential human rights violation in India.

"There is no evidence that if extradited Nirav Modi will not get justice," said UK court, striking down Modi's defence that the latter will not get a fair trial. District Judge Samuel Goozee also noted that that Barrack 12 of Arthur Road jail in Mumbai, where Modi will most likely be held in India once he is shipped back, seem to be bigger than the quarters of Wandsworth Prison in south-west London, where the undertrial businessman is currently lodged.

"The government of India has provided comprehensive assurance regarding keeping Nirav Modi in Barrack number 12 in Arthur Road prison," noted Judge Goozee.

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Modi will be lodged in one of the three cells of barrack number 12 at Mumbai's high-security Arthur Road jail once he is brought back to India where he will undergo trial. The 2.83-acre prison, which was built in 1926, is one of the most important landmarks of the city, and houses 2,680 inmates.

The 50-year old jeweller is currently accommodated at London's Wandsworth Prison since March 19, 2019.

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