Nirav Modi, the fugitive diamond merchant wanted in connection with the alleged $2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud, will have his extradition to India decided by a UK court on Thursday.
The nearly two-year-long legal battle to extradite Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently taking place in a London prison.
At Westminster Magistrates’ Court, District Judge Samuel Goozee will rule on whether the jeweler has a case to answer in the Indian courts via videolink from Wandsworth Prison in south-west London.
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has to sign off on a magistrates’ court ruling before it can be sent back to the High Court for appeals by both sides. On March 19, 2019, Modi was taken into custody on an extradition warrant and has since appeared in court via videolink from Wandsworth Prison.
In both the Magistrates’ and High Courts, he has been repeatedly refused bail because he was deemed a flight risk.