(Juhi Aishwary, Journalist)
New Delhi: The trial of extradition case of fugitive diamond trader Nirav Modi, who defrauded Punjab National Bank for crores of rupees, will begin in Britain today. Due to the worldwide coronavirus, this hearing can be done through video conferencing.
Let us know that Nirav Modi was lodged in Wandsworth Jail in south-west London since his arrest in March last year and was to be produced directly in Westminster Magistrate’s Court in London. However, looking at the social distance measures implemented in the jail and the court, District Judge Samuel Googie said that he would be prepared to appear before the court via video call.
Judge Goji had said during the previous hearing that some jails were personally presenting prisoners, so I will issue instructions to Wandsworth Jail to present Modi personally for trial from 11 May. At the same time, he had said that if this could not happen, then he would create an option for his participation through live links. Along with this, he will directly present a limited number of legal representatives in the court during the hearing, while the witnesses will be able to give testimony through video call.
This hearing will start for five days starting today. The case has been filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and is a case of large-scale fraud in PNB.
Nirav Modi is in jail in London since 2019
The government of India had requested the extradition of Nirav Modi to the UK Government, for which now hearing will be held against Nirav Modi on Monday for money laundering and fraud. Nirav Modi’s extradition may also be considered during this period.