February 28, 2021 | 6:21 AM IST
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Interpol issues RCN to Nirav Modi’s stepbrother Nihal

The Interpol on Friday issued a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against prime accused of $2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam Nirav Modi’s stepbrother and Nehal on the request of Enforcement Directorate (ED). The 40-year-old Nehal is a Belgian national and has been named in the charge sheet filed by the ED for the destruction of evidence.

The ED had requested the Interpol to issue an RCN against Nehal for helping Nirav Modi ‘knowingly and intentionally’ in concealing the alleged laundering of money and ‘destroying evidence’. It may be noted that Modi duped PNB of nearly Rs 14,000 crore. Nirav is said to have destroyed all cell phones of all dummy directors in Dubai and Hong Kong siphoned about 50 kg gold from Nirav’s Dubai-based company, as well as cash and 150 boxes of pearls. The ED has claimed Nehal is a director of two companies that received Rs 335.95 crore from Nirav’s 15 dummy companies and even arranged for their escape by booking tickets to Cairo.

A London court had directed that Nirav Modi may have been using his US-based brother Nehal to do his ‘dirty work as it were’. "There does seem to be luring away of witnesses and some pressure that took witnesses away from India," Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot had noted in May while hearing a case on his extradition to India.

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