New Delhi: The Interpol has issued a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against absconding billionaire and fugitive businessman Nirav Modi’s sister Purvi Deepak Modi, news agency ANI reported on Monday. Nirav Modi is wanted in the Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case.
According to the Enforcement Directorate (ED), the Interpol issued the RCN against Purvi Modi on the charge of money laundering, as requested by it. Purvi Modi’s photo is also pasted on the notice.
In August, a special court in Mumbai had issued public summons to Nirav Modi’s sister Purvi and brother Neeshal, who are Belgian citizens, to appear before it on September 25. The court also said that if they fail to appear then their properties would be confiscated under the newly enacted fugitive offenders’ act.
According to ED officials, Purvi Modi and other family members of Nirav Modi were the recipients of the proceeds of the crime.
On September 6, the Red Corner Notice was also issued against Nirav Modi’s executive Mihir R Bhansali. Bhansali, who was an executive in Nirav Modi’s Firestar International firm, is absconding since the probe started in the alleged $2 billion PNB fraud case.
The RCN is issued to seek the location and arrest of the wanted person(s) with a view to extradition or similar lawful action.
The ED wants to question Purvi Modi and Bhansali to unearth further details of the fraud committed by Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi of the Gitanjali group to cheat the Mumbai-based PNB’s Brady House branch.
The Interpol has issued a similar notice against Nirav Modi, who as well as his family and uncle Choksi left the country in January, a month before the fraud came to light.
For those unversed, the PNB detected the multi-crore scam this year, wherein Nirav and his uncle-cum-business-partner Mehul Choksi had allegedly cheated the bank to the tune of USD 2 billion, with the purported involvement of a few employees of the bank.
(With agency inputs)