Indian billionaire fugitive, Nirav Modi, threatened to kill himself if the UK court ordered his extradition to India. The UK court has rejected his fresh bail plea because he is suffering from depression in connection with INR 13,500-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case.
The judge of the UK court on Wednesday rejected Nirav Modi’s bail plea despite the increase in the security amount being doubled to four million, and offer to remain in house arrest. As his fourth bail plea rejected, Nirav Modi, threatened to commit suicide if he was extradited to India. The next hearing is scheduled for December 4th.
Report: Will commit suicide if extradited to India, says Nirav Modi in PNB scam.https://t.co/6DFv2jXGnu
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Nirav Modi in his statement to the judge asserted that he fears he would be subjected to unfair trial in India if he extradited to India. His lawyers have said that extraditing him to India would put his life at risk.
His lawyers told the court that Modi was assaulted by two fellow inmates at Wandsworth prison and that his life was at the risk in the jail facility. Hugo Keith QC told the court that he was kicked to the floor and even punched in the face a day earlier due to media wrongly propagating him as the “billionaire diamantaire“.
#NiravModi see irony ..docoits like Nirav Modi ran away after looting public money with the help of politicians while genuine tax payers can't withdraw own hard earned from banks. .
— karuna Tyagi(Proud Hindu) (@K_tyaagii) November 7, 2019
The lawyer added that India media is heavily dishonoring his name, which has ruined his mental health as he suffers anxiety, depression, and isolation in jail.
Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi are the main culprits in the PNP fraud case. The duo fled India in January last month before the scam came to light. Nirav Modi was arrested by Scotland Yard Police on March 19 concerning the case and is currently lodged in Wandsworth prison in South-West London.
He has not returned to India despite repeated summonses from Indian probe agencies and courts. India is seeking his extradition to make him face the law of the land for allegedly committing economic offenses. Modi has protested his innocence and says charges against him are false.