UK High Court Begins To Hear Nirav Modi Appeal Against Extradition To India, Retail News, ET Retail

London: The UK High Court on Tuesday began hearing the case relating to fugitive diamond dealer Nirav Modi’s appeal against his extradition to India.

Earlier in August, Nirav Modi was allowed to appeal his extradition from the UK to India to face fraud charges on the grounds that returning to India would damage his mental health and endanger him suicide.

Modi’s attorneys have long argued that their client suffers from severe depression and would not receive adequate medical treatment if imprisoned at Arthur Road Prison in Mumbai while awaiting his court appearance.

They said his mental health deteriorated further while incarcerated at Wandsworth Prison in south London following his arrest in London in March 2019 and strict restrictions on prisons during the pandemic of Covid-19.

They had also presented several medical experts to prove that Modi was at high risk for suicide.

Modi, once a jeweler to some of Hollywood and Bollywood’s biggest stars, is accused of defrauding the state-owned Punjab National Bank of more than $ 2 billion through a carefully orchestrated scam involving dummy companies and directors.

He is also accused by the Indian government of intimidation of witnesses and destruction of evidence.

He has been held at Wandsworth Prison in London since his arrest in the British capital in March 2019.