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The Interpol on Monday issued a Red Notice against diamond merchant Nirav Modi, his brother Neeshal Modi, and employee Shubash Parab on the request of the Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation, which have invoked criminal and money laundering charges against them.
The Red Notice not only restricts a fugitive’s movement in 190 member countries of the Interpol, but also empowers enforcement agencies in the respective foreign jurisdictions to detain the person for deportation or extradition to the requesting country.
The ED has launched a probe against Mr. Modi, his uncle Mehul Choksi, and others on the basis of FIRs registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to pursue those involved in the ₹13,578-crore Punjab National Bank fraud.
Both the agencies have filed initial charge sheets against him and had requested the Interpol to issue Red Notice seeking his location and detention. The current location of Mr. Modi, who flew out of the country along with his family in the first week of January, is not clear.
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The ED has also moved the Mumbai Special Court seeking permission to send a request for extraditing him. While the application will be sent to the United Kingdom, the agency will also write to other countries seeking cooperation in his arrest.
After the CBI registered the cases against him, Mr. Modi has visited the UK at least thrice
In a bid to track down Mr. Modi, the CBI has also written several times to the UK, United States, United Arab Emirates, Beligum and Singapore. In response to a diffusion notice, the agency said, the Interpol’s Manchester office had earlier informed it about his movements till March 31.
Mr. Modi had landed at the UK’s Heathrow airport from the United States on February 10. He travelled from Hong Kong to Heathrow on February 15 and a month later, from Heathrow back to Hong Kong. He again went from the US to London on March 28, and then to Paris on March 31.