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Nirav Modi flees to UK claiming political asylum: Report

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Absconding diamantaire who is at the centre of a case linked to over USD 2 billionPunjab National has fled to the UK where he is claiming political asylum, according to a

and his uncle are being investigated by the for allegedly cheating the PNB, the country's second largest lender, to the tune of more than USD 2 billion.

The duo and others are also being probed by other central agencies after the came to light this year following a complaint by the that they allegedly cheated the nationalised to the tune of over Rs 13,000 crore, with the purported involvement of a few employees of the

Both and Choski are said to have left the country before criminal cases were lodged against them.

"Officials in and the UK say he (Nirav Modi) is in London, where his company has one store, and is trying to claim asylum from what he said was political persecution," reported.

"There are always a number of complicated cases that add a little tension and spice to our relationship with But there is also an appreciation from both sides that we have a legal process that has to be gone through and that we are of course governed by human rights legislation," a senior was quoted as saying by the report.

The CBI had in May filed two charge sheets in the case before a The ED has also filed its charge sheet in the case involving Nirav Modi and his associates, officials in New Delhi said.

They said the about 12,000 page charge sheet or the prosecution complaint has been filed before a special court here under various sections of the Prevention of Act (PMLA).

is also pushing for the return of liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya, who is on trial for the to rule if he can be extradited to India to face charges of and amounting to around Rs 9,000 crores.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 09:40 IST