Nirav Modi extradition: CBI-ED team to leave for London

A joint CBI-ED team will soon leave for London to assist local authorities in the extradition case of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi whose bail plea will come for hearing before a court there on Friday, officials said.

A Joint Director-level officer each from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) have been deputed to leave for London on Wednesday with necessary documents, they said.

The ED officer will carry the latest chargesheet filed by the agency against Modi's wife Ami and the recent attachments made by it in the case.

The Indian officials will meet various officers of that country, including those from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), and brief them about the charges and fresh evidence against Modi, his family and others in connection with the case.

The 48-year old diamantaire is accused of swindling over 2 billion USD from state-run Punjab National Bank in collusion with his uncle Mehul Choksi.

He was spotted living in an upscale locality in London by the U.K-based newspaper 'The Telegraph'.

Nirav Modi was later arrested on the basis of the extradition request of India and a Red Corner notice issued against him on the request of the CBI last year.

He was produced before the Westminster Magistrates' Court last week, wherein he contested his extradition to India.

(with news agency inputs)