INDIA’s fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi , accused of defrauding Punjab National Bank to the tune of 1,3000 crore INR, has been brought on the scanner of The International Criminal Police Organization commonly known as Interpol. The Lyon, France, headquartered Interpol has issued a red corner notice (RCN) against him in connection with the fraud case. The Interpol has also issued red corner notice against his brother Nishal Modi and his company’s executive Subhash Parab in the same scam .The action has been taken after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) requested the Interpol to issue the notice against Nirav, who is wanted in India in the money laundering case. Through a RNC Notice The Interpol urges its member countries to detain or arrest an accused as requested by his or her country for alleged criminal offence.Nirav Modi, stated to be a native of Gujarat ,as per media report is in the United Kingdom and needs to be extradited as non-bailable warrants (NBW) which was earlier issued. The Interpol has put out Nirav Modi’s photo and has shared his age and other details on its website. The Central Bureau of Investigation had approached Interpol last month seeking issuance of RCN against Nirav Modi. PTI had reported that the Interpol was satisfied with documents provided by the CBI entrusted with the task of probing the mega scam involving the state owned bank .Meanwhile, India has also approached the UK, France and Belgium seeking help in tracing the 47 years old international diamond merchant .His passport has been revoked by the Government of India and The External Affairs Ministry has also sent a message to all its missions as well as to select countries requesting the help of the local government in denying entry to Nirav Modi and inform India if he is residing in their country. It is alleged that Modi, who is highly influential in political and business circles, reportedly travelled abroad even after his passport was revoked. A special court in Mumbai allowed the probe agencies in June to initiate his extradition process the UK over charges of money laundering. Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, who are the main accused in the scam cam, fled India in January this year days before the fraud was detected with ruling and Opposition leaders faulting each other for felicitating their escape from India.
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