A UK judge Thursday accepted the submissions made by the government of India on the extradition of fugitive jeweller Nirav Modi. The Westminster Magistrates’ Court District Judge Samuel Goozee said they have received 16 volumes of evidence from India and that “I accept submissions made by the government of India.”
Nirav Modi, wanted for fraud and money laundering in the ₹ 14,000-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam, is expected to find out soon whether he will be extradited to India with the UK court’s ruling in the nearly two-year-long legal battle.
49-year-old Modi is appearing via video conferencing from Wandsworth Prison in south-west London at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, where UK Judge Samuel Goozee is set to hand down his judgment on whether the jeweller has a case to answer before the Indian courts.
The magistrates’ court ruling will then be sent back to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel for a sign-off, with the possibility of appeals in the High Court on either side depending on the outcome.