New Delhi: A special CBI court in Mumbai has filed a supplementary chargesheet against the accused including Nirav Modi and his brother Nehal Modi in the USD 2 billion worth Punjab National Bank scam, stated news agency ANI on Saturday. Accusing Nirav Modi of criminal intimidation, the Central Bureau of Investigation had on Friday informed the court that fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi had threathened to kill one of the dummy directors of his companies.
Those chargesheeted in the case were Nirav Modi, Nehal Modi, PNB’s suspended deputy general manager Sanjay Prasad, and Nirav Modi’s associates Amit Magia, Sandeep Mistri and Mihir Bhansali. While submitting the charge sheet in the special court, the CBI suggested that summons should be issued against Bhansali, Mistri and Nehal Modi.
Notably, Nirav Modi had sent Nehal Modi to Dubai with the intention of “destroying the evidence and obstructing the process of justice”, added the charge sheet. The agency further stated that Nehal Modi along with other accused had coerced the ‘dummy directors’ of Dubai-based firms into “shifting” to Cairo in Egypt. Nehal also told the staff of Nirav Modi’s Hong Kong- based firms not to come to India to take part in the probe, claimed the agency.
These dummy directors had told the CBI that they were asked to sign certain documents to show that they were the real owners of the companies, stated the chargesheet, according to news agency PTI. These shell companies were shown as engaged in export-import of jewelery with Diamonds R US, Solar Exports and Stellar Diamonds, the firms allegedly involved in the scam.
Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi allegedly cheated PNB to the tune of Rs 14,000 crore by fraudulently obtaining LoUs from its Mumbai branch.
(With inputs from PTI)