Interpol has issued a Red Corner Notice against Mr. Nirav Modi, his brother Nishal Modi and his employee Subhash Parab on the request of the CBI.
The Union government was not aware whether bank fraud fugitive Nirav Modi had sought political asylum in the U.K., official sources said on July 4.
A media report had said that Nirav Modi was seeking political asylum in the U.K. “We are not aware that he has asked political asylum in the U.K. The U.K. has not informed us that he has sought political asylum in that country,” said a source.
Mr. Nirav Modi is wanted by the CBI in the $2 billion Punjab National Bank scam. The Interpol has already issued a Red Corner Notice against Mr. Nirav Modi, his brother Nishal Modi and his employee Subhash Parab on the request of the CBI.
There were reports that Mr. Nirav Modi may have visited the U.K., France and Belgium in the past few weeks. Sources said Indian missions abroad are conveying to local governments about the Interpol Red Corner Notice against Mr. Nirav Modi.
The Interpol has issued the Red Corner Notice on the basis of charge sheet filed by the CBI in a special court in Mumbai and the arrest warrant issued by the judge special J.C. Jagdale there.
In its Red Corner Notice issued against a fugitive, the Interpol asks its 192 member countries to arrest or detain the person if spotted in their countries after which extradition or deportation proceedings can begin.
Mr. Nirav Modi along with his wife Ami Modi, a U.S. citizen, brother Mr. Nishal Modi, a Belgian citizen, and uncle Mehul Choksi, all accused in the CBI FIRs in the case, had left the country in the first week of January 2018, weeks before country’s biggest banking scam surfaced.
The Ministry of External Affairs has also written to several European countries seeking help in tracing Mr. Nirav Modi.
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