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Fugitive Nirav Modi tracked down to swanky London apartment: Report

Nirav Modi is currently living in a three-bedroom flat occupying half of a floor of the landmark Centre Point tower block, where rent is estimated to cost 17,000 pounds a month, The Telegraph reported

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Nirav Modi
File photo of Nirav Modi

Fugitive billionaire diamantaire Nirav Modi, accused in the USD 2 billion case, is living openly in a swanky 8-million pound apartment in London's West End and is now involved in a new diamond business, a British daily reported on Saturday.

Modi, 48, is currently living in a three-bedroom flat occupying half of a floor of the landmark tower block, where rent is estimated to cost 17,000 pounds a month, reported.

The revelation comes a day after Modi's 30,000 sq ft seaside mansion at in was demolished by authorities using explosives.

Despite his being frozen by the Indian authorities and an red notice being issued for his arrest, Modi, a whose designs have been worn by Hollywood stars, is now involved in a new diamond business based in London, the report said.

In a video posted by the newspaper, Modi can be seen sporting a handle-bar moustache and wearing an Ostrich Hide jacket, estimated to cost 10,000 pounds. When journalists from the paper questioned him on various issues, including whether he has urged Britain to grant him asylum, Modi ducked them by saying, "Sorry, no comments".

A source told the that Modi had been given a number by the Department for Work and Pensions, meaning he can legally work in Britain, and has used accounts.

First Published: Sat, March 09 2019. 09:50 IST
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