UK court again denies bail to Nirav Modi, police custody extended till May 24

Nirav Modi appeared before Westminster Magistrates' Court Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot via video link from jail

By PTI in London
  • Published 26.04.19, 3:25 PM
  • Updated 26.04.19, 3:27 PM
  • a min read
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Diamond tycoon Nirav Modi Telegraph file picture

A UK court on Friday further remanded till May 24 fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi who is undergoing extradition proceedings in Britain in the USD 1-billion Punjab National Bank fraud and money laundering case.

The 48-year-old, who has been behind bars at Wandsworth prison in south-west London since his arrest last month, appeared before Westminster Magistrates' Court Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot via video link from the jail.

The very brief hearing ended with the judge further remanding Modi till May 24. She scheduled a full hearing on May 30.

Modi's bail was rejected by Chief Magistrate Arbuthnot on March 29 on the grounds that there was a "substantial risk he would fail to surrender".

He is believed to have been living in the UK on an Investor Visa, applied for in 2015 at a time when the so-called golden visa route was relatively easier for super-rich individuals to acquire residency rights in the UK based on a minimum of 2-million pound investment.

He was arrested by uniformed Scotland Yard officers on March 19. During his first court appearance a day later, it emerged that the diamantaire accused of defrauding PNB via fraudulent Letters of Undertaking had been in possession of multiple passports since revoked by the Indian authorities.

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