PNB scam: Nirav Modi living in luxury flat in London, running business


Reacting to the developments related to Nirav Modi's extradition and the fugitive businessman running a legitimate business in London, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Saturday said the government would do everything that is necessary to bring him back.

A Red Notice, the report said, "is a request to locate and provisionally arrest an individual pending extradition", and not "an global arrest warrant". Nirav Modi is on run as he is wanted by agencies in India in Rs 13,000 fraud case.

Fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi is accused of over Rs 13,000-crore PNB scam, along with his maternal uncle Mehul Choksi is wanted in India.

Nirav Modi reportedly takes a daily walk from his home to the office with his dog, he is not easily recognisable due to his changed looks.

The United Kingdom has responded to the Red Corner Notice issued by the agency against Mr. Modi in June previous year, he said.

The British government seems to be turning a blind eye to India's most wanted fraudster, Nirav Modi, who found a safe harbor in London, despite an Interpol Red Notice and Indian authorities' demands for his arrest and extradition.

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Shamshabad: With Congress President Rahul Gandhi present, his party's star campaigner Vijaya Shanti on Saturday made controversial comments about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, comparing him to a "terrorist". He alleged that Modi had snatched people's money from ordinary people and gifted them to Nirav Modi.

'Nirav Modi is living in a "three-bedroom flat occupying half of a floor of the landmark Centre Point tower block, with views across London".

On Friday, the Telegraph reported that fugitive Indian billionaire Nirav Modi is living in a high-end 10-million-dollar apartment in London's West End and is now involved in a new diamond business. He has also been in contact with a wealth management company based in west London, which specialises in advice to rich foreigners.

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

The diamond tycoon is seen walking down the streets of London, repeatedly saying "sorry, no comment" to questions by a Telegraph reporter on his extradition status, how long he intends to stay in London and about his business partners. The newspaper also posted a video where the absconding bank-fraud accused, sporting a 10000-pounds (Rs 9 lakh approximately) Ostrich Hide jacket, is seen responding to a volley of questions with repeated "No comments".