Nirav Modi spotted in London: What are Indian agencies doing?

Nirav Modi spotted in London: What are Indian agencies doing?

Nirav Modi spotted in London: What are Indian agencies doing?

Finally, amidst the clamour of discrepancy in the way India has pursued the extradition of another economic offender Vijay Mallya, versus how it has allowed the British government to delay sending Nirav Modi back, the BJP sought to remind that it was the Congress government that had in fact given Mallya a second loan.

Earlier, a video released by The Telegraph showed Modi walking the London streets.

Captured in camera by a foreign journalist, Nirav Modi was asked several questions which he escaped by saying "no comment" to get the taxi.

Nirav is operating a new diamond business from an office in nearby Soho, the fashionable district of upmarket restaurants and media offices.

The daily said Modi lives on half a floor of the Centre Point Tower Block, in an apartment whose rent is likely to be around £17,000 per month (Rs 15.5 lakh), and which costs around Rs 73 crore.

Hitting out at the government, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said in a video message, "Today, the fugitive diamantaire "chota Modi" Nirav Modi has been traced to London - living a luxurious life in a Rs 75 crore flat and wearing a jacket worth 10,000 British Pound". Modi repeatedly answered "no comment" to questions put to him. Another reporter then says that the businessman owes people in India a lot of money and those people would want to know his whereabouts. Choksi is also absconding; he is reported to be living in Antigua and Barbuda.

In July previous year, the global police agency Interpol issued a Red Notice for Nirav's arrest following India's request. This firm was incorporated in May past year and is linked to the flat.

While the fugitive continues to enjoy his posh lifestyle in the UK, Indian authorities demolished the accused fraudster's massive sea-facing villa in Maharashtra's Alibaug on Friday.

"Modi was given a National Insurance number in recent months by the Department for Work & Pensions and has been able to operate online bank accounts in the United Kingdom while wanted by Indian authorities", the publication reports, citing a well-placed source in the government.

The Telegraph said Nirav Modi walks his dog from his home to his new office every day.

A source told the Telegraph that he had been given a National Insurance number, meaning he can legally work here, and has used British bank accounts. He has also been in contact with a wealth management company based in west London, "which specialises in advice to rich foreigners", The Daily Telegraph reported.

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