UK may link extradition of Nirav Modi, Mallya with illegal migrant pact

Kiren Rijiju meeting with the UK Minister Baroness Williams to discuss India-UK joint efforts to deal with Terrorism & Extremism

India has requested an global arrest warrant for fugitive billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi, federal police said Monday hours after reports claimed he had sought asylum in Britain.

On February 15, 2018, the ED had registered a money laundering case against Nirav Modi and others under the provisions of the PMLA on the basis of an FIR registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Britain's home office said it does not provide information on individual cases, after the Financial Times reported that "officials in India and the United Kingdom say he is in London, where his company has one store, and is trying to claim asylum from what he said was political persecution". However, New Delhi has delayed the signing of the final agreement, apparently due to the concerns raised by certain quarters in the government, another official said.

Modi is also accused of defrauding The Bank of India (BoI).

Stars such as Kate Winslet, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Naomi Watts, have been seen wearing his products.


Nirav Modi is claiming political asylum in Britain after India's second-largest state-run bank alleged that two jewellery groups headed by the billionaire and his uncle Mehul Choksi had defrauded it of about $2.2 billion.

Modi, the third generation of his family to go into the diamond trade, is worth $1.73 billion according to Forbes, placing him 85th on India's rich list. Modi, who's accused of masterminding Rs 13,578-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case in India, is in London trying to claim asylum from what he calls "political persecution", reported Reuters quoting Financial Times.

The Enforcement Directorate, India's financial fraud-investigating agency, had unsuccessfully approached Interpol in March for an global arrest warrant.

The losses were largely a result of having to set aside funds to pay other banks for the illegal guarantees issued in the Nirav Modi scam.

An Indian government statement said that Shri Kiren Rijiju, deputy interior minister, told on Monday his visiting British counterpart Susan Williams that Britain "should not be viewed as a safe haven for men wanted by the law". "She has agreed to our request in giving full cooperation on Vijay Mallaya or Nirav Modi [issue]".

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