New Delhi: Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Lalit Suri are among 58 economic offenders living abroad who the Government is pursuing, said a report on Thursday. (Also read: At G 20, India Presents Nine-point Agenda on Fugitive Economic Offenders) Also Read - Supreme Court Seeks Status Report on Vijay Mallya's Extradition in 6 Weeks
According to a leading daily, the Government told Parliament the previous day that the above-listed men are joined by European middlemen Guido Ralph Haschke and Carlo Gerosa, among others, against whom action has been initiated through Look out Circulars, red notices and extradition requests. Also Read - PNB Fraud Case: UK Court Rejects Fugitive Nirav Modi's Bail For 7th Time
Out of these 58, the government and investigation agencies — CBI, ED and DRI — are currently pursuing at least 16 extradition requests in the UAE, UK, Belgium, Egypt, the US and Antigua and Barbuda. The reply of the Ministry of External Affairs in Lok Sabha showed that the Government has sent fresh extradition requests for VVIP chopper scam middlemen —Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa — to Italy in October. Also Read - PNB Fraud Case: Nirav Modi Extradition Trial Resumes in UK Court
Extradition requests for Gerosa and Haschke had been sent out in November 2017 and January 2018 respectively but were returned by Italian authorities. These two are crucial to find the missing link in the VVIP chopper scam, considering Christian Michel has already been extradited from UAE.
On Nirav Modi, the Government said that a red corner notice has been issued against him while there were two separate extradition requests for him. Extradition requests had also been sent to UAE against Modi, his brother Neeshal and aide Subhash Parab as they might go there, said the reply. For Neeshal, an extradition request was sent to Belgium as well, just as there was one to Egypt for Parab.
As far as Mehul Choksi was concerned, two extradition requests had been sent to Antigua apart from the red corner notice against him by the Interpol. The red corner notice shows one as an international fugitive.
Gujarat businessman Ashish Jobanputra and his wife were being pursued with extradition requests to the US, said the Government reply. In case of former IPL commissioner and entrepreneur Lalit Modi, his money trail was also being pursued. The Government was also looking for middlemen Deepak Talwar and Sanjay Bhandari in UAE and London respectively.
Nitin and Chetan Sandesara, accused of cheating banks of Rs 5,000 crore through Sterling Biotech, red corner notice against the duo along with Deepti Sandesara and one Hiteshkumar Patel were under process. Vijay Mallya’s extradition has already been ordered by a UK court last week.
“Efforts are being made for securing presence of these accused in the country by way of issuance of LOC (Look Out Circulars), RCN (Red Corner Notice) and extradition requests,” Minister of State Gen (retired) V K Singh told Parliament.