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Nirav Modi did not have more than one valid Indian passport, says MEA

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the ministry has sent messages to all its missions abroad to get in touch with local governments to deny entry to Nirav Modi and inform India if he was residing there

india Updated: Jun 28, 2018 20:31 IST
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The MEA statement came after reports that Nirav Modi, wanted in connection with the Punjab National Bank fraud case, may have visited the UK, France and Belgium in the past few weeks(Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has written to several European countries seeking help in tracing bank fraud accused Nirav Modi even as it asserted that he did not have more than one Indian passport in his possession.

MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the ministry has also sent messages to all its missions abroad to get in touch with local governments to deny entry to Nirav Modi and inform India if he was residing there.

There were reports that Modi, wanted in connection with the Punjab National Bank fraud case, may have visited the UK, France and Belgium in the past few weeks.

“We have sent a message to all our Missions as well as to select countries requesting the help of the local government in denying entry and to inform us if he is residing in their country,” Kumar said during a media briefing.

Kumar also said that Modi was issued a fresh passport only after his previous passport were physically cancelled. “At no time, he had more than one valid passport in his possession. You are all aware that in February, based on the advise of our agencies, his passport was initially suspended and then revoked,” Kumar said.

His clarification comes following reports that the jeweller had multiple passports.

“The revocation notice was sent to all passport issuing authorities in India and abroad as well as to all our Missions and Posts. Intimation was also given to the agencies on this matter,” said Kumar.

Sources said Modi cannot be arrested abroad unless Interpol issues a red corner notice against him.

First Published: Jun 28, 2018 20:30 IST