(PTI) London, Ta. 23
The UK High Court has dismissed the petition filed against the extradition of fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi to India. Nirav Modi, accused in Punjab National Bank’s Rs 1,200-crore Punjab National Bank scam, had filed an application in the London High Court against India’s extradition plea.
Nirav Modi has lost the battle of the first phase after his application was rejected by the High Court. He now has only five days left to appeal again for an oral hearing.
In April this year, British Home Minister Priti Patel approved the extradition of Nirav Modi to India. Earlier on 9 February, District Judge Nirav Modi of Westminster Court was extradited to the UK. Nirav Modi challenged this decision in the British High Court.
In the petition, Nirav Modi expressed concern over the poor conduct of the case in India and its targeting for political reasons. The petition further states that the condition of prisons in India is poor and the evidence against me is weak. According to the 2017 list of Forbes, Nirav Modi had assets of ₹ 1.30 billion (Rs 11,600 crore).