On monday ,Nirav Modi permission to appeal against his extradition from the UK to India to face charges in the Punjab National Bank fraud case on mental health grounds.
UK high court Judge Martin Chamberlain ruled that an appeal looking at the consequences to Nirav Modi’s state of mind is “reasonably arguable”. In June, the UK high court turned down Nirav Modi’s appeal against his extradition to India.
The Westminster Magistrates’ Court cleared Nirav Modi’s extradition in February this year and found him guilty of fraud and money laundering in the PNB fraud. The court also dismissing his claims that he wouldn’t get a fair trial in India. UK home secretary Priti Patel approved the extradition in April.
Nirav Modi then approached the UK high court if there were any grounds for an appeal against Patel’s decision or the Westminster Magistrates’ Court order.
Modi’s appeal hearing was rejected by a high court judge. Nirav Modi’s lawyer in an application to the UK high court last month to appeal against his extradition said it would seriously impact his mental health and would worsen “suicidal feelings”.
Fitzgerald said in the application that Modi’s mental health and suicidal feelings would worsen if he were to land in Mumbai’s “Covid-rich” Arthur Road Jail. The lawyer that it would be “oppressive” to extradite the 50-year-old Nirav Modi.
Modi has been accused of defrauding the state-owned PNB of more than $2 billion and has also been charged by the Indian government with witness intimidation and destruction of evidence.
The businessman 50 year old has been at the Wandsworth Prison in southwest London since March 2019, when he was arrested on the basis of India’s extradition request.