Indian tycoon Nirav Modi arrested in London

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On 9 March 2019, just weeks before his arrest, the British newspaper Daily Telegraph revealed that Modi was living freely in London, filming him near the luxury apartment building where he lived.

"It's amusing to see the BJP falling over itself to credit the PM with the Nirav Modi arrest while completely ignoring the fact that it was The Telegraph of London and it's correspondent who found Nirav Modi, not the PM and his agencies", the former Jammu and Kashmir CM tweeted.

Nirav Modi (centre), Naomi Watts (left) and Deborra-Lee Furness at the grand opening of Nirav Modi Boutique in New York City.

Modi's lawyers claimed the arrest was unnecessary and premature since their client was allegedly planning to surrender to police sometime next week. Mallya has taken his appeal to the high court following a hearing at the Westminster Magistrates' Court.

District Judge Marie Mallon said there was a risk Modi wouldn't appear for future hearings because of his access to large sums of money that could help him evade the courts and his "keenness to do so".

Nirav's whereabouts was a hot button issue in India, he was reportedly arrested because he was trying to open a bank account.

Muscat: Indian billionaire diamantaire Nirav Modi was arrested in London by Scotland Yard on Wednesday.

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Like this story? Share it with a friend! In February, India revoked his passport and last August, New Delhi sent two extradition requests to the United Kingdom - one from the CBI, and another from the ED.

"All those paintings have been seized by the Enforcement Directorate (ED)", said the sources. Among those on Modi's legal team are Anand Doobay, a partner at Boutique Law LLP, who also represented Mallya.

The court has also issued a Non-Bailable Warrant (NBW) against his wife Ami Modi who has also been accused along with Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi by ED in the Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case, according ANI news.

Both Modi and Choksi fled the country before details of the case emerged, and have denied wrongdoing, Reuters added.

PTI also reported that the CPS told the court that Modi was wanted in India for fraud and money laundering amounting to the tune of $2 billion.

If it approves extradition, the courts will send the order to the Home Office for confirmation by UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid. Mallya is now appealing the decision.

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