Mumbai, Jan 31 (PTI) A special court here Thursday rejected PNB scam accused Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi’s plea seeking to cross-examine certain persons mentioned in the ED’s application against them. Also Read - Meet Teddy Bear Mama, A Woman Who Has a Collection of Over 20,000 Teddy Bears

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had moved the special court for Prevention of Money Laundering Act seeking to declare Modi and Choksi as fugitive economic offenders (FEAs). Also Read - Avian Influenza Outbreak Confirmed in 14 States, Says Govt

Special Judge M S Azmi rejected the accused’s plea. A detailed order will be available later, the court said. Also Read - Haryana Shocker: Man Arrested For Raping Daughter For 7 Years, Forcing Her to Abort Pregnancy

The ED has sought to declare the duo as FEAs under the newly-enacted Fugitive Economic Offender Act, saying all its efforts to bring them back to the country have failed.

The accused’s lawyers claimed that the ED’s investigation was one-sided and it did not consider relevant documents or examined certain relevant persons before approaching the court.

They sought to cross-examine witnesses cited by the ED, including deputy director of the agency Kapil Raj who is the complainant, another official who is an assistant director and the investigating officer.

As per the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and ED, Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, who controlled high-profile jewellery firms, allegedly cheated Punjab National Bank (PNB) to the tune of Rs 14,000 crore by fraudulently securing Letters of Undertaking.

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