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PNB Scam: Cannot confirm if Nirav Modi is in the country, says US

The United States government is aware of media reports that diamond jeweller Nirav Modi is in the country but is unable to confirm them, a State Department official said on Friday

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Nirav Modi
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The government is aware of that is in the country but is unable to confirm them, a State Department said on Friday.

"We are aware of recent that is in the but cannot confirm them," the told when asked about reports that the Indian is in

Asked if the department is providing any assistance to the in tracing Modi, the said, "We refer you to the for questions on legal assistance to the Indian authorities in relation to their investigation of Mr. Modi".

The declined to comment on

Modi, his uncle and others are being investigated by multiple probe agencies following a complaint by the (PNB) that they allegedly cheated the nationalised to the tune of over Rs 120 billion, with the purported involvement of a few employees of the

They allegedly acquired fraudulent letters of undertaking (LoUs) from its Brady House branch in Fort area for overseas credit from other lenders.

The (CBI) and the (ED) have registered two FIRs each in this case.

Modi, his family, and Choksi, the promoter of Gitanjali Gems, left the country in early January, much before the CBI received a complaint from the PNB.

On being asked by the CBI to join its investigation into the alleged fraud, Modi refused, saying he has "business abroad".

The CBI then directed him to contact the embassy of in a country where he is staying so that his travel to can be arranged.

A Look Out Circular (LoC), also known as a blue corner notice, has already been issued against Modi and Choksi to keep a tab on their entry at all land, air and sea ports in

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First Published: Fri, March 02 2018. 07:14 IST