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Interpol issues Red Corner Notice against jeweller Nirav Modi in PNB fraud

Modi has managed to travel across several countries even after information about his passport being revoked was flashed in the Interpol central database

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Nirav Modi
A Red Corner Notice has been issued against absconding diamantaire Nirav Modi. Photo: @ANI

has issued a against absconding billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi who is facing a probe in the $2-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam, officials said.

In its (RCN) issued against a fugitive, the asks its 192 member countries to arrest or detain the person if spotted in their countries after which extradition or deportation proceedings can begin. 

The has listed "money laundering charges," levelled by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), in the RCN, they said.

Modi along with his wife, brother, and uncle, all accused in the FIRs in the case, had left the country in the first week of January, weeks before the country's biggest banking scam surfaced.

Modi and his uncle have refused to return to India to join the probe citing business and health reasons among others, they said. 

The had tried to track the movements of Nirav Modi through a diffusion notice issued through the Interpol on February 15, but it had limited success as only the United Kingdom responded to the request, they said.

Nirav Modi managed to travel across several countries even after information about his passport being revoked by the Indian government was flashed in the Interpol central database on February 24, the CBI had earlier said.

"After the passport was revoked/cancelled by the External Affairs Ministry, we had updated this information in the diffusion notice. The information that Nirav Modi's passport has been revoked was provided in the Interpol central database, available to all the member countries, on February 24," CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal had said.

He had said that after the "diffusion" notice was issued by the Interpol on the request of the CBI, the agency followed it up with six countries where Nirav Modi was suspected to have fled. The agency requested these countries to share information about his whereabouts and movements.

The agency sent these reminders to the Interpol coordination agency of the United Kingdom on April 25, May 22, May 24 and May 28.

Similar reminders were also sent to the agencies of the US, Singapore, Belgium, the UAE and France, they said.

The case pertains to cheating the state-run PNB through fraudulent issuance of Letters of Undertaking and Foreign Letters of Credit worth over $2 billion (about Rs 13,000 crore) by Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, both absconding since the first week of January.   

First Published: Mon, July 02 2018. 23:52 IST