How Twitter Reacted to Nirav Modi's Rs 9 Lakh Ostrich Leather Jacket

In the Telegraph video interview, taken as he is leaving his Soho office, Modi replies "Sorry no comment" when the Telegraph reporter asks him if he has got political asylum in the United Kingdom and repeats this when asked, if he is the subject of an extradition request and whether he is still trading in diamonds.

The British government seems to be turning a blind eye to India's most wanted fraudster, Nirav Modi, who found a safe harbor in London, despite an Interpol Red Notice and Indian authorities' demands for his arrest and extradition.

Centre Point tower block, in London's West End.

India had asked Britain in August to extradite Modi, one of the main suspects charged in the $2 billion loan fraud at state-run Punjab National Bank (PNB), India's biggest banking fraud.

Reacting to the developments related to Nirav Modi's extradition and the fugitive businessman running a legitimate business in London, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Saturday said the government would do everything that is necessary to bring him back.

"Nirav Modi appears to have adopted a surprisingly nonchalant attitude to his fugitive status, walking his small dog each day between his apartment and the diamond company's office in a townhouse in Soho, just a few hundred yards from his Centre Point home,"a report by The Telegraph claimed".

Sporting a pink shirt and a black "ostrich leather" jacket, Nirav Modi refused to comment on a host of questions posed by a reporter from The Telegraph. The businessman fled India in January 2018, days before a scam was unearthed, in which the Punjab National Bank accused Modi and his maternal uncle Mehul Choksi of cheating the bank of Rs 13,600 crore.

On Friday, the PNB scam accused's bungalow in Alibag at Raigad district in India was demolished by the authorities on orders of the Bombay High Court for violation of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms.

Modi and Choksi, who have both denied wrongdoing, left India before the details of the fraud became public.

Forty-eight-year-old Nirav was spotted in a tony neighbourhood of London by British newspaper The Telegraph.

A source told the the United Kingdom daily that Modi had been given a National Insurance number by the Department for Work and Pensions, meaning he can legally work in Britain, and has used British bank accounts. Nirav is apparently in contact with a wealth management firm in west London, which is famous for offering advice to rich foreigners. National insurance numbers are required to legally work in the UK. The reasons for the apparent failure to act on the Interpol red notice are also not known.

According to UK-based newspaper reports, Nirav Modi has started a new diamond business in Soho.

  • Rogelio Becker