Nirav Modi, an accused in the Punjab National Bank scam and diamond businessman, has received a major setback from the British court. The British court has cleared the extradition of Nirav Modi to India. In the hearing held today, the court said that it also said that there is enough evidence against Nirav Modi and he can be proved guilty. After this decision of the court, diamond businessman Nirav Modi knows whether he can be brought to India or not.
Let me tell you that this hearing of Nirav Modi’s extradition to India was being held in the UK Magistrate’s Court. The magistrate court gave its verdict today. After this it is not that Nirav Modi will be brought back to India immediately because the road to Nirav Modi is still not closed. At present, this decision of the court will now be sent to Britain’s Home Minister Preeti Patel for signature.
Apart from this, another way left after Nirav Modi is an appeal in the High Court against the decision of the magistrate court. Meaning that the way to go to the High Court is open for Nirav Modi. However, there is also a time schedule for this. Now it has to be seen whether Nirav Modi goes to High Court or not.
Nirav Modi was arrested on 19 March 2019 on extradition warrant and was involved through video link from Wahnsworth jail during several hearings in connection with the extradition case. Many of his attempts to bail have been rejected in the magistrates’ court and the high court. Because he is at risk of absconding. He will have to face criminal proceedings under the cases registered by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate in India. Apart from this, some other cases are also registered against him in India.
What did the magistrate court say in the verdict?
Britain’s District Judge Samuel Gooji, while delivering the verdict, dismissed issues raised by Nirav Modi regarding mental health. The court said that if Nirav is extradited to India, there will be no injustice to him. The court said that Barrack 12 of Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail is fit for Nirav Modi. The judge said that Nirav Modi will be provided adequate treatment and mental health care in Arthur Road Jail and there is no risk of suicide by him. The judge also rejected Nirav Modi’s defense claim that India’s Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tried to influence the case.