Nirav Modi case: Fugitive diamantaire set to look earlier than Westminster Magistrates courtroom, to hunt bail once more
The 48-year-old diamond service provider was denied bail by District Judge Marie Mallon at his first listening to quickly after his arrest by Scotland Yard officers from a central London financial institution department as he tried to open a brand new checking account and has been in custody on the HMP Wandsworth jail in south-west London since final Wednesday.
Friday’s listening to is anticipated to be presided over by Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot, the identical decide who had ordered the extradition of former Kingfisher Airlines boss Vijay Mallya final December.
At his first courtroom look after his arrest final week, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), arguing on behalf of the Indian authorities, advised the courtroom that Modi is needed for alleged “high value and sophisticated” fraud and cash laundering amounting to $2 billion.
The CPS shall be joined in courtroom by a joint Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) staff that has arrived from India to help with the extradition case.
Describing him because the “opposite of a flight risk” through the first bail software listening to final week, Modi’s defence staff had provided 500,000 kilos as safety and likewise submitted to any stringent situations that could be imposed upon their consumer.
It stays to be seen how they’d additional improve that provide in an effort to persuade the decide to grant bail through the second listening to, following which the case will proceed to a collection of case administration hearings and setting of a trial date.
Modi was arrested by uniformed Scotland Yard officers from a Metro Bank department in central London as he tried to open a brand new checking account on March 19. During his first courtroom look a day after, it emerged that the diamantaire accused of defrauding India’s state-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) by way of fraudulent Letters of Undertaking (LoUs) had been in possession of a number of passports, since revoked by the Indian authorities.
While one passport is now in possession of the Metropolitan Police, a second expired passport is mendacity with the UK Home Office and a 3rd with the UK’s Driving and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) for a driver’s licence.
Besides the passports, Modi additionally possesses a number of residency playing cards, a few of them expired, however masking nations/areas such because the UAE, Singapore and Hong Kong.
His defence staff tried to determine his very “visible” and “lawful” residence at his luxurious Centre Point condominium in London’s West End, paying his native council tax and likewise utilizing a National Insurance quantity, allotted to authorized UK residents for functions of labor.
The CPS challenged all claims to counter the primary bail plea and identified that Modi had “deliberately evaded justice” and never returned to India regardless of a collection of legal summons issued by Indian courts.
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