London: Fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, who was remanded in custody till March 29 by a UK court on Wednesday, is likely to be held in a separate cell in Her Majesty’s Prison Wandsworth. In one of the largest prisons in western Europe, his inmates will include the likes of alleged Dawood henchman Pakistani-origin Jabir Moti, who currently undergoing extradition proceedings to the US.
Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, a key accused in the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case, was arrested in London. (BJP is Bringing Back Nirav Modi For Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Congress)
Modi, who was living in a plush apartment in Centre Point in the West End until his arrest on Tuesday, was arrested from Holborn metro station.
“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.
HMP Wandsworth is a Category B prison, where criminals are held if not deemed to be of a high level of security risk. It can currently hold 1,628 prisoners and was originally built in 1851.
Since 1989, there has been extensive refurbishment and modernisation of the wings, including in-cell sanitation, privacy screens for cells occupied by more than one prisoner and the more recent installation of in-cell electricity, the UK Justice Department notes in reference to the prison.
Modi and his uncle, Mehul Choksi, are the main accused in the PNB scam and they both left India before the details of the fraud came to light in January 2018.
Nirav Modi is one of India’s richest men, worth an estimated USD 1.75 billion, according to Forbes. He launched his own eponymous brand in 2010 and he soon had stores across India, as well as in New York, London and Hong Kong.
(Inputs from PTI)