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Last Updated : Oct 26, 2020 08:14 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

PNB scam: UK court rejects Nirav Modi's bail plea

According to reports, Nirav Modi is expected to appear again via videolink the London prison for the next hearing in his ongoing extradition trial on November 3

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A UK Court has rejected fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi's bail plea on October 26.

The application was reportedly made on the basis of "new evidence", but Westminster Magistrates' Court District Judge Samuel Goozee was not convinced to reverse previous bail rejections in Modi's case, PTI reported.

Commenting on the developments,  "The repeated rejection of bail application is a result of excellent coordination among the CBI, the Ministry of External Affairs and Crown Prosecution Service of the United Kingdom," a senior CBI official said in New Delhi said.

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At Modi's hearing in March last year, Justice Ian Dove noted, "My central concern of a risk of absconding are not obviated by the measures presented."

Modi's legal team had offered a package of measures, which included a 24-hour electronic tag as well as a private security guard service and strictly-monitored access to gadgets and telephones. The court has also repeatedly been told of Modi's fragile mental health and that his psychological condition was "deteriorating with the ever-increasing detention"

In fact on September 11, Modi's lawyers told the UK Court that Nirav Modi is unlikely to get a fair trial in India due to the politicisation of his case. They also mentioned that he faces a "high risk of suicide" due to the lack of adequate medical facilities in Indian prisons.

Modi, wanted in India in the PNB fraud case, is subject to two sets of criminal proceedings, the first brought by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) relating to PNB scam, and the second by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) relating to money laundering.

The fugitive diamantaire is due to appear via videolink from Wandsworth Prison in south-west London on November 3, for the hearing in his extradition case when Judge Goozee will be presented with arguments to determine the admissibility of the evidence provided by the Indian authorities.

--- With inputs from PTI
First Published on Oct 26, 2020 06:09 pm
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