London: UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has signed off on the order to extradite fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, wanted in India on fraud and money laundering charges related to the estimated USD 2-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam case, the UK Home Office said on Friday.
The decision follows a Westminster Magistrates’ Court ruling by District Judge Sam Goozee in February, which concluded that Modi has a case to answer before the Indian courts and that the bars to extradition under UK law do not apply in his case.
Nirav Modi, 50, who remains behind bars at Wandsworth Prison in south-west London since his arrest over two years ago on 19 March 2019, has 14 days to apply for permission to appeal against the Home Secretary’s order in the High Court in London.
On 25 February the District Judge gave judgment in the extradition case of Nirav Modi. The extradition order was signed on April 15, a Home Office spokesperson said.
Nirav Modi may now seek leave to appeal against both the decisions, that of the District Judge and of the Home Secretary