Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

Fugitive Indian billionaire jeweler seeks asylum in Britain

Fugitive Indian billionaire jeweler seeks asylum in Britain

The FT said: "The presence of another Indian fugitive in Britain has the potential to cause further discord in an occasionally fractious relationship with India". "We afraid they may link the process of extradition of Nirav Modi, Vijay Mallya and others with the signing of the MoU", the official said. The Indian government in February this year had said that it had revoked the passports of Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi.

Kiren Rijiju meeting with the UK Minister Baroness Williams to discuss India-UK joint efforts to deal with Terrorism & Extremism. The CBI has since said it is not aware of his whereabouts, a line its officers repeated on Monday.

The Indian Express on May 3, 2017 was the first to report on India's reservation on the clauses of the MoU. Rijiju signed the draft agreement following the approval of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Modi late previous year.

MoS (Home) Rijiju, however, assured Williams that New Delhi will give a fresh look into the terms and conditions of MoU and Indian agencies will be asked to come up with a deadline for verification of illegal migrants. Unequal standards: India and UK signed a mutual extradition treaty way back in 1993; but while India did extradite a UK national, Maninderpal Singh Kohli, in the Hannah Foster murder case in 2008, UK has been stonewalling all of India's extradition requests, including of British national Raymond Varley, who's accused of child abuse in Goa.

The report quoted sources in Britain and India, but there was no official confirmation from either country.

Other people for whom India has placed extradition requests to the United Kingdom are Ravi Shankar, accused in the navy war room leaks case, Tiger Hanif, allegedly involved in the 1993 Gujarat bombing, and Nadeem Saifi, accussed in the Gulshan Kumar murder case.

For those with valid documents, the deadline was agreed to 15 days, officials added.

Punjab National Bank, India's second-largest state-run bank, said earlier in 2018 that two jewellery groups headed by Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi had defrauded it of about $2.2 billion by raising credit from overseas branches of other Indian banks using illegal guarantees issued by rogue PNB staff at a Mumbai branch over several years.

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