New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and alleged the party of ‘bringing him back for Lok Sabha Elections 2019’. Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, a key accused in the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case, was arrested from Holborn metro station in London. He was produced before the Westminster court earlier in the day which rejected his bail plea and adjourned the matter till March 29.
Speaking to reporters, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “They (BJP) had only helped him flee the country, now they are bringing him back. They are bringing him back for the elections, they will send him back after elections.”
The reaction came a few hours after Nirav Modi was arrested in London. “Nirav Deepak Modi, (Date of Birth 24.02.71), was arrested on behalf of the Indian Authorities on Tuesday, 19 March, in Holborn,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. “He will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 20 March,” the statement added.
The UK court, during the hearing, rejected his bail plea and mandated that the absconding jeweller will remain in the custody till next hearing. Reportedly, while applying for the bail, Nirav Modi told the court, “I have demonstrated keenness to fully cooperate. Pay tax and have submitted travel documents.”
Meanwhile, as per ED sources, PMLA court in Mumbai has granted permission to the agency to sell 173 paintings and auction 11 cars of the PNB scam accused. Furthermore, a non-bailabl warrant has been issued by PMLA court against Ami Modi, wife of Nirav Modi.
The London’s Westminster court, two days earlier, issued an arrest warrant against the fugitive diamantaire. He was tracked down in the UK city a few weeks ago.
The 48-year-old bank fraud fugitive who faces an Interpol red corner notice is currently subject of an extradition request by India. In August 2018, the Indian government had forwarded the requests from the CBI and Enforcement Directorate to the UK authorities seeking the extradition of Nirav Modi.