PNB scam: Special court issues non-bailable warrants against Nirav Modi, his family

Mumbai: A special court in Mumbai on Tuesday issued non-bailable warrant against diamantaire Nirav Modi and his family members in the over $2 billion Punjab National Bank fraud case after taking cognisance of a charge sheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate last month.

The development comes a day after the United Kingdom Minister Baroness Williams confirmed the reports on the presence of Modi in her country, and assured India of full cooperation in his extradition process.

Following the confirmation by the UK, the CBI on Monday approached the Interpol seeking Red Corner Notices (RCN) against Nirav and his associate Mehul Choksi in connection with the Rs 12,636-crore PNB fraud case.

The series of developments came during the meeting between Williams and Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju in the national capital on Monday.

“There are certain elements using UK’s land to propagate anti-India activities, I’ve requested Minister, that it must be curtailed. Both UK and India are free countries but Freedom of Expression can’t be used to abuse a country’s image,” Rijiju added.

Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, along with others, are being probed by central agencies after the fraud came to light this year following a complaint by the PNB that they allegedly cheated the nationalised bank to the tune of over Rs 13,000 crore, with the purported involvement of a few employees of the bank.