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    Judgement day for Nirav Modi UK extradition on Feb 25

    Judgement day for whether wanted diamond merchant Nirav Modi can be extradited to India to face charges of fraud and money laundering in relation to the Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam case has been set as February 25.

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    • In the Assange case, which is currently the subject of appeal, District Judge Vanessa Baraitser had ruled that extradition would be “oppressive by reason of mental harm” as the Australian activist could commit suicide.

      The diamond merchant's younger sister Purvi Modi (47) is a Belgian national while her husband Maiank Mehta is a British citizen. They are stated to be based abroad and have never joined the probe in this case.

      The 49-year-old has been behind bars at Wandsworth Prison in south-west London since his arrest last year following India's extradition request for the diamond merchant wanted in connection with the estimated USD 2-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam case.

      Nehal, 41, is charged in a New York Supreme Court indictment with Grand Larceny in the First Degree, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. said.

      The 49-year-old appeared on Tuesday via videolink from Wandsworth Prison in south-west London, dressed in a maroon sweater and sporting a full beard, for his regular 28-day “call-over hearing” at Westminster Magistrates' Court, where chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot extended his remand for another 28 days until December 29.

      Mallya, wanted in India over fraud and money laundering charges in relation to loans taken out by his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines from state-owned Indian banks, has been found to have a case to answer in India by the UK courts. He is currently on bail, undergoing a "confidential" legal issue before Priti Patel can consider signing off on his extradition order.

      District Judge Samuel Goozee heard the arguments for and against the admissibility of certain witness statements provided by CBI and ED at Westminster Magistrates' Court and concluded that he considered himself "bound" by the previous UK court rulings in the extradition case of former Kingfisher Airlines chief Vijay Mallya.

      Nirav Modi, who is wanted in India by Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case and has been at London's Wandsworth Prison since his arrest in March 2019, will appear before a court next month, via video-link, for the second phase of his extradition trial.

      The 49-year-old jeweller, wanted in India on charges of fraud and money laundering in the estimated USD 2-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam case, further remanded in custody during a routine call-over hearing held via videolink at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London.

      Nirav Modi's fragile mental health and the prison conditions in India were once again in focus during the fugitive diamond merchant's ongoin...

      The jeweller was arrested on March 19, 2019, on an extradition warrant executed by Scotland Yard. His team has sought to counter allegations of fraud by deposing witnesses to establish the volatility of the gems trade. Modi has made repeated attempts at bail over the past year, each of which were turned down as he is deemed a flight risk.

      The 49-year-old jeweller is fighting extradition charges related to the estimated USD 2-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case brought by the Indian government, being represented at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London by the UK's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

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