Westminster Court, London on Monday issued an arrest warrant against diamantaire Nirav Modi who is a prime accused in Rs 13,000 crore alleged Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam.
This move from London court came after Enforcement Directorate (ED) requested the court for his extradition in the money laundering case, officials said on Monday.
The UK Home Secretary’s office moved the extradition file of Nirav Modi to the Westminster Court in London on March 7, finding his case “fit for extradition”.
His arrest can take place any moment after the warrant is issued.
Nirav Modi will be arrested by Scotland Yard in the near future on the basis of the warrant annd this will trigger the first stage of the legal process to extradite him.
After his arrest, the embattled diamond dealer will be produced before Westminster Court on March 25. However, due to strict civilian laws of United Kingdom, Nirav Modi can get bail instantly.
Earlier, The Daily Telegraph released a video in which the fugitive Nirav Modi was seen walking on the streets of London wearing an Ostrich skin jacket worth almost Rs 10 lakh.
Nirav Modi and his uncle, Mehul Choksi, are the main accused in the PNB fraud and they both left India in January 2018.
Nirav Modi has been chargesheeted by both the agencies and the ED has also attached his assets worth ₹1,873.08 crore under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), and has also seized assets linked to him and his family worth ₹489.75 crore.