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India asks Hong Kong to arrest Nirav Modi, awaiting response

Parliament had been informed that Nirav Modi is present in Hong Kong. External Affairs ministry spokesperson said that India and Hong Kong have an agreement on surrender of fugitive offenders.

business Updated: Apr 12, 2018 18:48 IST
Indo Asian News Service
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Indo Asian News Service, New Delhi
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Jeweller Nirav Modi has been accused of defrauding the Punjab National Bank of Rs 12,600 crore.(Mint File Photo)

India has requested Hong Kong to arrest fugitive jeweller Nirav Modi and is awaiting for a response from the authorities there, a senior official said in New Delhi on Thursday.

“We have requested the authorities in Hong Kong to surrender Nirav Modi,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a media briefing in New Delhi.

“There is an agreement between India and Hong Kong about surrender of fugitive offenders,” he said.. “We are still awaiting a response.”

Kumar also informed that, according to the Indian mission there, the Department of Justice is examining India’s request for provisional order for Modi’s arrest.

Diamond jeweller Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi have been accused of defrauding the Punjab National Bank (PNB) of Rs 12,600 crore, with Rs 1,300 crore being added to the fraud kitty on February 26.

Parliament was earlier informed that Modi is present in Hong Kong.

First Published: Apr 12, 2018 18:47 IST