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India Seeks Interpol’s Help in Hunt for Modi

Jun 13, 2018 3:48 AM   By Rapaport News
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Indian authorities have called on Interpol to help track down Nirav Modi, according to Reuters, following reports the fugitive jeweler is in the UK. 

The nation’s federal law-enforcement agency has asked the international police organization to issue a “red notice” — a request to locate and arrest a suspect pending extradition, Reuters reported Monday. Modi, the subject of a $2 billion bank-fraud investigation, is in London claiming political asylum, according to a Financial Times report Sunday that cited officials in India and the UK. 

India’s state-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) alleged Modi and his uncle, Mehul Choksi, the managing director of Gitanjali Gems, had defrauded it of $2 billion by obtaining unauthorized loans with the help of rogue employees. Both Modi and Choksi left India before news of their alleged offenses emerged earlier this year, and their passports are no longer valid, Reuters said.

Last week, a US court approved the appointment of a Chapter 11 trustee to oversee the bankruptcy of Modi’s US companies, Firestar Diamond, Fantasy and A. Jaffe, following calls from parties including PNB. Appointing that type of trustee is a rare move and occurs when there is evidence of fraud or mismanagement, or if the court believes it is in stakeholders’ best interests.

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