London, 4 November: A UK court hearing the extradition case of diamond businessman Nirav Modi has said that the Indian authorities have given evidence to prove a prima facie case of fraud and money laundering against him. They are acceptable. District Judge Samuel Gooji heard arguments in favor and against the admissibility of statements of some witnesses provided by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Westminster Magistrate Court here on Tuesday and two days 7 and 8. January 2021 adjourned for hearing.
Nirav Modi is wanted in India to face an estimated Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud scam case. The 49-year-old Nirav watched the court proceedings from Wandsworth Jail in south-west London via videolink, where he has been closed since March 2019. He will next appear in jail for the 28-day remand call-over hearing on December 1, next time through videoconference.
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The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), arguing on behalf of the Indian authorities, insisted that the evidence, including the witness’s statement under Section 161 of the Indian Penal Procedure Code (CRPC), met the British court’s requirement to determine that Whether or not Nirav Modi has a case to answer before the Indian judicial system.