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Nirav Modi extradition trial to renew in UK court docket on Sept 7


LONDON: Fugitive diamond service provider Nirav Modi, who has been lodged at a jail in London since his arrest in March final yr, is about to seem by way of videolink for the second leg of his extradition trial at a UK court docket on Monday.
The 49-year-old jeweller is preventing extradition expenses associated to the estimated $ 2-billion Punjab Nationwide Financial institution (PNB) fraud and money laundering case introduced by the Indian authorities, being represented at Westminster Magistrates’ Court docket in London by the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
In step with the coronavirus lockdown restrictions, District Choose Samuel Goozee has directed Modi’s look from a room in Wandsworth Jail in south-west London with social distancing norms in place for the part-remote setting for the five-day listening to scheduled to conclude on Friday.
Justice Goozee had presided over the primary leg of the extradition in Might, throughout which the CPS sought to ascertain a prima facie case of fraud and cash laundering towards Modi. The upcoming hearings are ear-marked to finish these arguments after the Indian authorities had submitted further “corroboratory proof”.
It would then go on to cope with the extra extradition request, made by the Indian authorities and licensed by UK House Secretary Priti Patel earlier this yr, which add on the costs of “inflicting the disappearance of proof” and intimidating witnesses or “legal intimidation to trigger demise” towards Modi.
Goozee has already mentioned that the completely different extradition requests are inextricably linked, and he would subsequently be handing down his judgment on the finish of listening to all of the arguments.
Extra hearings scheduled for November 3, for the decide to rule on the admissibility of the proof that can be introduced earlier than him, and December 1, when either side will make their ultimate submissions, imply his ruling on whether or not Modi has a case to reply earlier than the Indian courts is anticipated solely after the ultimate listening to in December.
The costs towards the diamond service provider centre round his corporations Diamonds R Us, Photo voltaic Exports and Stellar Diamonds making fraudulent use of a credit score facility supplied by PNB, referred to as “letters of endeavor” (LoUs).
The CPS, showing on behalf of India, had informed the court docket that a lot of PNB workers conspired with Modi to make sure LoUs had been issued to his firms with out guaranteeing they had been topic to the required credit score examine, with out recording the issuance of the LoUs and with out charging the required fee upon the transactions.
Modi’s crew has sought to counter allegations of fraud by deposing witnesses to ascertain the volatility of the gems commerce and that the LoUs had been customary observe.
Modi has made repeated makes an attempt at bail over the previous yr, every of which had been turned down as he’s deemed a flight threat. The jeweller was arrested on March 19, 2019, on an extradition warrant executed by Scotland Yard.
At a case administration listening to forward of the trial final week, Modi’s barrister Clare Montgomery had informed the decide that she could also be searching for a partial reporting ban on the proceedings following allegations of “occasion political bias” towards one among their knowledgeable witnesses from India – retired Indian Excessive Court docket decide Abhay Thipsay.
“We might need to put in an software for reporting restrictions across the reporting of his [Thipsay] proof to keep away from additional public commentary on it,” she mentioned.
From the authorized paperwork submitted, jail situations in India will as soon as once more play a serious half on this extradition case, as prior to now with different Indian extradition instances, with Modi’s extreme psychological well being situation being an element to be raised behind closed doorways.


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