The United Kingdom court forwards Nirav Modi to appear on January 30
LONDON: Runaway Diamond Trader Nirav Modi , fighting against extradition to India on charges in the case of fraud and money laundering of the National Bank of Punjab (GNP) of nearly $ 2 billion, was arrested again at a hearing on Thursday and asked to appear on 30 from January.
Nirav Modi appeared for his regular 28-day call-over appearance from London's Wandsworth prison at Westminster Magistrates' court. His extradition trial is scheduled for May 11 and is expected to last over five days.
Deputy chief magistrate Tan Ikram who was the judge on Thursday, asked if there are any other issues to be discussed now. Nirav Modi, wearing black, light gray and white sweat shirt and gray bottom, said no.
The 48-year-old man had moved another bail request last November with an unprecedented house arrest guarantee, similar to those imposed on terrorism suspects, as well as citing mental health problems from being behind bars in prison from Wandsworth in southwest London. since his arrest in March.
But the bail statement was rejected by chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot for continuing fears of witness intimidation and the inability to surrender to the court for her extradition trial in May 2020.
The past is a prediction of what could happen in the future, Judge Arbuthnot said at the time.
The UK's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which represents the Indian government in the extradition proceedings, said there is no further prospect of an appeal for bail in a higher court as the UK High Court has already turned down Nirav Modi 's plea earlier this year.
You can only go once and you can't keep appealing again and again, a CPS spokesman said.
Meanwhile, Nirav Modi must appear for call-over hearings at Westminster Magistrates' court until the case management hearings for his extradition trial kick in over the coming weeks.
The diamond merchant denies the charges of fraud and money laundering and his defense team, led by barrister Hugo Keith, has claimed that the Indian government has wrongly blackened Nirav Modi 's name as a world-class schemer.
Nirav Modi has been behind bars at Wandsworth, one of England's most overcrowded prisons, since his arrest on March 19 on an extradition warrant executed by the Scotland Yard on charges brought by the Indian government.
During subsequent hearings, the UK court has been told that Nirav Modi was the principal beneficiary of the fraudulent issuance of letters of undertaking (LoUs) as part of a conspiracy to defraud PNB and then laundering the proceeds of crime.