India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is reportedly sending a senior officer to London to assist with procedures in the extradition request to the UK for fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, who was arrested by Scotland Yard and is scheduled for a bail hearing on Friday.
According to media reports, a Joint Director-level officer has been deputed to leave for London on Wednesday with necessary documents.
Modi, who is accused of swindling the state-owned Punjab National Bank of nearly $2 billion in collusion with his uncle Mehul Choksi, was reportedly running another business in the UK after fleeing India and was spotted staying in an upscale London neighbourhood by the British newspaper, The Telegraph.
Modi was arrested as a result of India’s extradition request and produced before the Westminster Magistrate’s Court last week. Judge Marie Mallon denied him bail, saying there was sufficient grounds to believe that he would not surrender to the court if granted bail.
The extradition request was endorsed by UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid and legal proceedings have moved forward since.
Modi arrived in the UK towards the end of 2018 and has reportedly entered and left the country at least four times since his passport was cancelled by Indian authorities in February 2018.