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Britain sends Nirav Modi extradition request to UK court: Enforcement Directorate 

File photo of Nirav Modi. Photograph:( Facebook )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 09, 2019, 03.39 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has said the government of United Kingdom has sent an extradition request for fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi to a UK court for further proceeding.

In a tweet, the ED said,  "The UK Central Authority of Home Office has confirmed that the extradition request has been sent to the Westminster Magistrate Court for further proceedings."

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had sent two requests - one from the ED and the other from the CBI - to the government of the UK in July 2018.

MEA spokesperson, in his weekly presser, said, "You are aware we had made a request based on information received by ED and CBI. We had made a request for extradition in August last year. The UK is still considering our request for extradition of Nirav Modi".

Britain's leading daily, The Telegraph, had spotted Nirav Modi walking on a London street. In response to all the question posed by the reporter, Nirav Modi responded saying he has no comments.

Bank fraud fugitive Nirav Modi is said to have been living in a 3-bedroom flat in London, the cost of which is around 17,000 pounds. He was spotted wearing an Ostrich hide jacket worth which is believed to be worth around 9 lakh rupees.

Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi are involved in over Rs 13,000 crore scam by duping state-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB). While Nirav Modi fled to the UK, Choksi fled to the Caribbean country of Antigua and Barbuda and took its citizenship.

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MEA spokesperson, in his weekly presser, said, 'You are aware we had made a request based on information received by ED and CBI. We had made a request for extradition in August last year. The UK is still considering our request'.