Indian investigative agencies pushing for the extradition of Nirav Modi were dealt a twin blow by the British authorities on Tuesday as they were informed that their letter of request could be shared with the fugitive diamantaire. The letter of request contains details of the probe, all the evidence and witness testimonies with the agency. The authorities have also claimed that Nirav Modi may not have transferred the proceeds of Punjab National Bank scam of Rs.13578 crore to the UK, where he is presently hiding. Indian investigators have expressed displeasure over UK’s claims and asked them to not share Indian documents with Nirav Modi before extradition trial begins as the same could be used by him in his favour and may come up with frivolous claims in the court.
Multiple Indian agencies have sent several requests to the UK counterparts to not share the letter informations with Modi including extradition request and request for his provisional arrest among others. UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO), which exchanges information on behalf of British government in financial frauds, has written a letter to Indian agencies seeking details of the PNB scam, including the amount with which Nirav Modi benefitted himself; attachment proceedings in India, proceeds of crime transferred to the UK; his associates etc., TOI reported.While seeking India’s request, the SFO has claimed that “there are certain provisions under UK law in which India’s Letter or Request may have to be provided to the suspect”. UK’s SFO and Indian agencies like Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), share information with each other on regular basis and interact during their visits or through video conferencing.