Nirav Modi Extradition: The Indian authority has given its reply to the British Supreme Court on its petition requesting permission to appeal against the extradition order of diamond merchant Nirav Modi. 51-year-old Modi’s plea against being extradited to India to face charges in the $2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam case with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), representing the Indian government in British courts But there was time till Monday to file a reply before the High Court in London.
Nirav Modi’s lawyers filed this appeal last month after he lost the initial appeal in the High Court on mental health grounds. A two-judge bench had said that the danger of his suicide was not so great that it would be unjust or oppressive to extradite him from Wandsworth Prison in London to Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai.
Crown Prosecution Service confirmed
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) confirmed that we have met the deadline of 5 December. Now the High Court in London will decide whether he should be allowed to appeal. This process may take a few weeks and is not likely to be completed this year. UK Home Office sources said it was not yet known when the extradition could happen as Modi still has several legal options left.
Nirav Modi’s extradition was ordered
In theory, Nirav Modi can apply to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to block his extradition if his attempt to hear the appeal in the Supreme Court fails and will be detained under conditions that violate Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Britain’s then Home Minister Priti Patel had ordered Nirav Modi’s extradition in April 2021 on the basis of a court decision and now the matter is going through the process of appeals.
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