Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi has filed a petition in the London High Court seeking permission to appeal in the UK Supreme Court against the order of his extradition to India. The London High Court recently ordered the extradition of Nirav Modi to India to face charges of fraud and money laundering in the nearly $2 billion loan scam of Punjab National Bank (PNB).

Nirav Modi (51) is currently lodged in London’s Wandsworth Jail. He has two weeks to file an appeal based on a point of law relating to the interest of the general public.

Many hurdles stand in the way of extradition to India

According to sources close to the UK Home Office, there are still several legal hurdles in the way of fugitive businessman Nirav Modi’s extradition to India. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), acting on behalf of the Indian authorities, is now expected to respond to Nirav’s fresh application, after which the High Court judge will issue a written decision.

Due to the Christmas holidays, the matter may drag on for a long time. On November 9, Justice Jeremy Stewart-Smith and Justice Robert Jay ruled to extradite Nirav to India. Based on the statement of the psychiatrists, the court said that it did not find that Nirav’s mental condition was unstable and his suicide risk was so high that extraditing him to India would be an unjust and oppressive step.

The judgment also said that adequate security measures have been put in place at Barrack 12 of Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail, where diamond merchant Nirav will be kept after extradition.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said after the verdict that the testimony of two psychiatrists during the final hearing of the Nirav Modi case in the London High Court was crucial evidence in rejecting the plea of ​​his poor mental state and led to the verdict. in favor of India.

Which two cases against Nirav?

Nirav Modi was allowed to appeal against the Westminster Magistrates’ Court order in favor of extradition by District Judge Sam Gozzi in February this year. Two cases are registered against Nirav. One pertains to large scale forgery by fraudulently entering into loan agreement and obtaining MoU with PNB, which is being probed by CBI.

Whereas, the second case pertains to the laundering of fraudulently obtained black money, which is being probed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Nirav has also faced two additional charges of concealing evidence and witness intimidation.