Sending him back to India would breach his human rights, Claire Montgomery representing fugitive Nirav Modi told the Westminster Magistrates Court, claiming that he has a serious mental health condition.
Nirav Modi appeared via videolink before a UK court on the first day of his five-day extradition trial. (Photo: Reuters)
Nirav Modi’s legal team on Tuesday told a UK court hearing the fugitive diamond merchant’s five-day extradition trial that he has a serious mental health condition and the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai, where he will be lodged following his extradition, has no psychiatrist. Sending him back to India would breach his human rights, Claire Montgomery representing fugitive Nirav Modi also told the Westminster Magistrates Court.
Terming the serious mental health condition claims as an excuse, sources within the Indian investigative agencies told India Today TV that it might have been brought up by Nirav Modi’s lawyer to delay the extradition process.
Nirav Modi’s legal team made the remarks a day after Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Barrister Helen Malcolm, appearing on behalf of the Indian authorities, told the court that Modi acquired “eye watering amounts of money” fraudulently from the Punjab National Bank (PNB).
On the first day of the extradition hearing, the CPS had informed the court that if extradited, Nirav Modi will be lodged at barrack number 12 of Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Nirav Modi appeared before the court through video conference from the London jail where he is lodged since his arrest in March 2019.
On the first day of hearing of extradition trial, the CPS alleged before the court that Nirav Modi threatened to kill a witness if he testified against him.
Videos containing witnesses’ statements were also played before the court in which they recounted how they were threatened by Nirav Modi.
CPS told the Westminster Magistrates Court that 13 companies in the UAE and six in Hong Kong which were being controlled by fugitive Nirav Modi for the purpose of round tripping the money have been uncovered during the investigation.