MEA says the Center has put all resources on the ground to ensure the early extradition of Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) said Thursday that the Indian government has put all the resources on the ground to ensure early extradition of economic and fugitive criminals.

The case of Nirav Modi is in dispute and is being heard in the Westminster Court of Magistrates in London. We are putting all resources on the ground to secure India early, MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar said in his weekly report.

Nirav Modi, who faces extradition to India in the fraud of Rs 13.7 billion from the National Bank of Punjab (GNP) and money laundering case, it will appear in a UK court through the video link today.

He was declared a fugitive economic criminal on December 5, 2019. The order for confiscation of his property has not yet been issued.

We will have to see what happens at the video link audience, Kumar told reporters.

We have also asked the government of Antigua and Barbuda that if they can accelerate the legal procedures so that the process towards India can begin, the spokesperson added.

Modi is currently housed in Wandsworth Prison in southwest London and is wanted for his alleged role in the loss of Rs 13,570 caused to the bank along with his uncle, Mehul Choksi.

Modi, 48, was arrested in March this year by the Scotland Yard in relation to the case.

He did not return to India despite repeated calls from Indian investigation agencies and courts. India seeks his extradition to make him face the country's law for allegedly committing a crime.