5/21/2018 1:39:28 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
Fugitive billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi who is at the centre of the nearly Rs 13,000 crore (nearly US$2 billion) Punjab National Bank scam is currently in London on a Singapore passport, sources told India Today.
The question being asked: How did he acquire a Singapore passport? Singapore does not allow dual nationality.
A report in IANS, citing Enforcement Directorate (ED) sources said, Modi is currently in London while his brother, Nishal Modi, is in Antwerp on a Belgian passport. Nirav's sister Purvi Mehta also holds a Belgian passport and is said to be in Hong Kong at present, it added.
The report said Purvi's husband, Mayank Mehta of Rosy Blue Diamond, has got a British passport and is shuttling between Hong Kong and New York.
The ED has also issued summons to Nirav Modi's father, Deepak Modi, sister Purvi Mehta and her husband, Mayank Mehta. "They were sent the summons through mail," an ED official told IANS.
The ED is all set to file its first charge sheet against Nirav Modi and others in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case.
Last month, there were reports that the absconding celebrity jeweller might have fled to New York from Hong Kong. The government had submitted a request to Hong Kong authorities for provisional arrest of Nirav Modi.
After three months of investigation, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on May 14 filed its first charge sheet in the Punjab National Bank fraud at a special court in Mumbai, naming former PNB chief Usha Ananthasubramanian, currently serving as Allahabad Bank CEO and managing director, and 23 others in the charge sheet.
After filing charge sheets against Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Chokshi, the CBI will approach Interpol for issuance of a red corner notice against the duo, reports the Economic Times.