UK confirms Nirav Modi is in the country: CBI

New Delhi: The United Kingdom (UK) authorities have confirmed that fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi who is an accused in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam, is in their country, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said on Monday.

The CBI has moved an extradition request to the UK to get Modi back to India.

Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi are accused of duping the PNB of nearly USD 2 billion, with the purported involvement of a few employees of the bank.

Earlier on July 2, the Interpol issued a Red Corner Notice against Modi in connection with the multi-crore scam.

On June 28, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) informed that India has requested a group of countries to deny entry to Modi. The ministry also sought assistance from some European countries including France, United Kingdom and Belgium to trace and restrict Modi’s movements.