London, October 9
Fugitive diamond service provider Nirav Modi was on Friday additional remanded in custody throughout a routine call-over listening to held through videolink at Westminster Magistrates’ Courtroom in London.
The 49-year-old jeweller, needed in India on fees of fraud and cash laundering within the estimated USD 2-billion Punjab Nationwide Financial institution (PNB) rip-off case, is predicted to seem once more through videolink from his jail in south-west London for the following scheduled listening to in his ongoing extradition trial on November three.
“I’m adjourning the case for the following listening to on November three within the extradition case that has been half heard,” stated District Decide Karim Ezzat.
On the subsequent listening to, the court docket can be introduced with arguments to find out the admissibility of the proof offered by the Indian authorities.
There’s a minimum of one additional closing listening to within the case, anticipated both in December or early subsequent yr, for closing submissions by each side. A judgment within the case is predicted solely after the closing submissions.
Modi, in the meantime, stays at Wandsworth Jail, the place he has been lodged since his arrest in March final yr.
At a five-day listening to held final month, Justice Samuel Goozee presided over arguments for and towards the case for his extradition introduced by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED).
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), arguing on behalf of the Indian authorities, performed movies in court docket in help of extra fees of Modi’s disruption of the CBI’s investigation by inflicting the disappearance of proof and legal intimidation of witnesses.
Assurances of sufficient jail circumstances had been additionally offered by the Indian authorities, together with extra commitments of applicable psychological well being look after Modi on being extradited.
The defence group, led by barrister Clare Montgomery, sought to not solely set up that Modi’s actions associated to PNB-issued letters of endeavor (LoUs) didn’t quantity to fraud but additionally deposed witnesses to spotlight his fragile psychological well being situation and a excessive danger of suicide.
The defence has claimed that the circumstances at Barrack 12 in Arthur Street Jail in Mumbai, the place Modi is to be held on being extradited, don’t meet the UK court docket’s human rights standards.
The primary set of hearings within the case occurred in Could, with the hearings final month finishing the method to ascertain a prima facie case and decide if the jeweller has a case to reply earlier than the Indian courts. PTI