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PNB fraud case: CBI seeks red corner notice against Nirav Modi

The development comes after media reports said Nirav Modi had reached the UK and sought asylum. But the official said the agency was yet to ascertain where Modi was

Arindam Majumder  |  New Delhi 

Nirav Modi had attributed his inability to pay the dues to PNB's haste in going public about the matter. File photo
File photo of Nirav Modi

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has approached Interpol, seeking a red corner notice against and his uncle Mehul Choksi, both of whom are accused in the Rs 140-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case.

A red corner is a request to locate and provisionally detain a person till the process is complete. It is issued in the case of individuals sought for prosecution or to serve a sentence.

A CBI official said the agency’s request had been sent to Interpol.

The development comes after media reports said had reached the and sought asylum. But the official said the agency was yet to ascertain where Modi was.

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However, Minister for Counter-Terrorism Baroness Williams on Monday confirmed reports about the presence of Nirav in the country and assured cooperation in his

Nirav, along with his wife, Ami, a US citizen; brother Nishal, a Belgian; and uncle Choksi, the Gitanjali group’s promoter had fled the country in the first week of January this year before approached the CBI with a complaint against his companies for allegedly cheating the lender through fraudulent letters of undertaking (LoUs) and foreign letters of credit (FLCs).

The CBI, in its charge sheet filed last month, alleged that Nirav, through his companies, siphoned off Rs 64.98 billion. Choksi allegedly salted away Rs 70.81 billion, making this possibly the biggest banking scam in the country. They took credit from overseas branches of Indian banks, using fraudulent LoUs and letters of credit.

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The CBI is also probing an additional loan default of more than Rs 50 billion by Choksi's companies.

On Monday, India also said that the should not be viewed as a safe haven for wanted criminals of other countries, even as Britain confirmed Nirav Modi’s presence on its soil. India’s clear message was conveyed to UK Minister of State for Countering Extremism Baroness Williams by Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Kiren Rijiju, at a meeting.

Raising the issue of fugitives such as Nirav Modi and liquor baron Vijay Mallya, Rijiju said Britain should not be viewed as a safe haven for men wanted by the law of the other country for various offences, a statement issued by the Home Ministry said.

The MoS conveyed to Williams that while India respects the courts and will pursue legal procedures in Britain to bring back wanted men, New Delhi expects cooperation of the UK government.

* Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi are accused in the Rs 140-billion fraud case

* Red Corner is a request to locate and provisionally detain a person till is done

* Development follows reports of Nirav Modi seeking asylum in the UK

* CBI had in its charge sheet last month alleged that Nirav siphoned off Rs 64.98 billion through his firms, while Choksi allegedly salted away Rs 70.81 billion

* The CBI is probing an additional loan default of more than Rs 50 billion by Choksi’s firms


Allaying concerns over prison conditions in India, Rijiju said there are absolute safeguards against human rights violations in Indian prisons, the statement said.

Williams also assured Rijiju of Britain’s full cooperation in the Indian government’s efforts to bring back Nirav Modi, Mallya and others, the official said.

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Modi, who is absconding and has not joined the ED probe in the case till now, and others, are being probed under various criminal laws.

“I had a very useful meeting with UK Minister Baroness Williams. We discussed about India-UK joint efforts to deal with terrorism and extremism. We also agreed to cooperate in the matters of extradition and sharing of information,” Rijiju told reporters after the meeting.

With inputs from PTI

First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 00:48 IST
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