Nirav Modi, the accused in the PNB Fraud Case worth 13,000 crores, has been on the run since January. He has now fled to Brussels, following reports that he was in Mayfair, London, seeking political asylum, and that the Indian High Commission has been waiting for British government’s formal confirmation to this.
The CBI has requested the InterPol for a ‘Red Corner Notice’ against Nirav and his brother, Nishal, a Belgian citizen. On June 12th, Tuesday, a Special Court in Mumbai issued a Non-bailable warrant against Modi and 10 others, involved in Money Laundering in the Punjab National Bank scam.
India’s WANTED fraud, Nirav Modi, is said to be travelling in and out of the UK freely on a Singapore passport.
The InterPol has informed the Indian government that there has been no movement on Modi’s Indian passport since March. If he is using a Singapore passport, the Indian government cannot do anything since the non-bailable warrant is against the Indian passport. India will now have to put pressure on the Singapore government.
The Indian High Commission in UK is not sure about the passport Modi is using. They say, only the UK Home Office will have the answers.
Possibilities are that he might be using a fake Indian passport, or even his revoked Indian passport, and the countries may be allowing him as they may not have the information.
With regard to fugitives such as Nirav Modi and the liquor baron Vijay Mallya wanted by India in cases of huge financial misappropriations, the Union Minister of State(MoS) for Home,Mr. Kiren Rijiju, had sent a clear message to Britain in a statement at a conference recently, that Britain should not be viewed as a safe haven for men wanted by the law of other countries for various offences.
The CBI has received a reply from Britain in response to a “diffusion notice” against Nirav. However, it is still unclear if the reply contains the specific location of the diamantaire.