New Delhi: Scam-accused billionaire Nirav Modi’s extradition to India has been cleared by the British government. UK Home Secretary Priti Patel signed the extradition order.
Almost two months after a UK court found the fugitive businessman guilty of fraud and money laundering in the Punjab National Bank scam and ordered his extradition to India, Priti Patel has approved the extradition.
The decision comes as a shot in the arm for the Indian government, which has been trying to bring fugitive economic offenders back to India, but Nirav Modi reserves a right to appeal his extradition in the High Court, which his lawyer said would be the next course of action.
The diamond merchant is wanted in connection with the $2 billion (around Rs 14,000 crore) PNB scam case.
Nirav Modi now has 14 days to challenge the order in the UK High Court. Any appeal, if granted, will be heard at the administrative division of the High Court in London.