India waiting for United Kingdom reply after fugitive Nirav Modi's video surfaces

India waiting for United Kingdom reply after fugitive Nirav Modi's video surfaces

The report added that he was wearing a jacket made from "Ostrich hide", which costs "at least £10,000" (over Rs 9 lakh).

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that the recent video of the PNB scam accused Nirav Modi in the United Kingdom shows an "uncanny similarity" between the two as both "believe they are above the law".

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) also acknowledged that India is aware of Modi's presence in London and is taking all necessary steps for his extradition.

The fugitive diamond merchant, who has been on the run since February 2018, has been found to be doing diamond business in one of the best and high-end markets of London despite India's efforts to bring him back.

While the Indian government is trying tooth and nail to capture the fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, he appeared to be living and roaming freely in the UK's capital city London in a slightly new avatar.

The Daily Telegraph tracked Modi down to three-bedroom £8 million apartment occupying half a floor within the luxury skyscraper called Centre Point off Tottenham Court Road, where rent is understood to be £17,000 a month.

Nirav's life as a free businessman in London is set to create some tension between India and Britain, where another fugitive Indian tycoon, Vijay Mallya, is fighting an extradition attempt. Choksi is also absconding; he is reported to be living in Antigua and Barbuda. The news of NiMo and Choksi fleeing India had come as a huge embarrassment since Modi was posing with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the World Economic Forum days before the PNB scam broke. When the publication asked Modi outside his office whether he'd applied for political asylum to enjoy such liberties, the billionaire refused to comment.

According to The Telegraph, Nirav is now involved in a new diamond business run from an office in Soho, a few hundred yards from his new flat in West End.

The revelation comes a day after Modi's 30,000 sq ft seaside mansion at Kihim beach in Maharashtra's Raigad district was demolished by authorities using explosives for alleged violation of coastal regulation rules.

The daily "The Telegraph" from London on Saturday has published an exclusive report on Nirav Modi being spotted in London. Nirav Modi has also got UK's Nation Insurance Number, which is normally provided to United Kingdom nationals only and allows people to do business, carry out bank transactions, etc, legally. National insurance numbers are required to legally work in the UK.

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