Sanjay Singal, who furnished guarantees as part of the loan agreements, was the CMD of the company at the time the loans were advanced. He was not present at the court hearing, he was earlier represented by English lawyers, but has not been playing an active part in the case.
Modi, 49, was arrested in March 2019 and is facing extradition to India to face charges of fraud and money-laundering linked to a Mumbai branch of the Punjab National Bank. Lodged in the Wandsworth jail, Modi appeared by videolink, dressed in T-shirt and jeans.
Birmingham-based Rajeshkumar Lalji Mehta, 65, was jailed in April 2018 and served his full sentence. He was also struck off the General Medical Council’s register, but his conviction was quashed after new evidence came to light showing the patient lied on oath.
The case has gone through several twists, with India and the descendants on the same side against Pakistan, which claims the money on the ground that it was a gift to the people of the country, or payment for helping the Hyderabad state during India’s annexation in 1948.
Modi, who was present in court, was remanded to custody until June 27, while chief judge Emma Arbuthnot fixed July 29 for the next case management hearing. The ‘opening note’ in the extradition case is to be submitted within six weeks, the court directed.
Modi was arrested by uniformed Scotland Yard officers on an extradition warrant from a Metro Bank branch in central London as he attempted to open a new bank account on March 19 and has been in prison since.
Nirav Modi, 48, who is currently lodged in the Wandsworth hail in west London, will need to cite new grounds to seek bail. Under rules, another application can only be made if there is a change of circumstances.
Looking more dishevelled and dressed in a similar white shirt as his first court appearance last week, the 48-year-old was brought to the dock to be produced before Westminster Magistrates Court Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot and sat behind a glass enclosure as the hearing got underway.
Vijay Mallya’s extradition case has progressed through the Westminster Magistrates Court, which ordered his extradition in December 2018. An appeals court judge will now decide whether grounds cited in his application merit progressing the case to a full hearing.
In a legal victory for India, the high court had ruled that conditions in the Tihar Jail in Delhi did not pose any “real risk” to Chawla’s human rights, which was the only ground on which the magistrates court had blocked his extradition in October 2017.
The latest legal action by SBI and other lenders relates to declaring Mallya bankrupt as part of their efforts to seize his assets in the UK to recover the loans. He is planning to contest the fresh petition which, according him, is “not sustainable”.
Westminster Magistrates’ Court Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot ruled that there was no evidence which allowed her to find that if extradited, Mallya was “at real risk of suffering a flagrant denial of justice” or that “the prosecution is politically motivated”.
A court in the United Kingdom ordered on Monday to extradite Vijay Mallya to India to face charges of financial irregularities running into thousands of crores but the businessman is unlikely to return anytime soon.The 62-year-old former boss of Kingfisher Airlines has been on bail since his arrest on an extradition warrant in April last year. He has contested that the extradition case against him is “politically motivated” and the loans he has been accused of defrauding on were sought to keep his now-defunct airline afloat.Here are the live updates:
Sushma Swaraj revealed how PM Modi had told his British counterpart Theresa May that her country’s courts were wrong in questioning the condition of Indian jails in the case of Vijay Mallya’s extradition.