With hopes of success in extraditing the absconding businessman Nirav Modi, the Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said they have requested the Hong Kong authorities to make him surrender.
The MEA is awaiting a formal response from the end of Hong Kong.
The MEA spokesperson also noted that there is an agreement between India and Hong Kong about the surrender of fugitive offenders.
It need be mentioned that it was on February 14 that Punjab National Bank (PNB) said it had disclosed an over Rs 13,500-crore fraud allegedly by diamantaires Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi.
Though the duo had managed to flee the country in the first week of January, just days before PNB was able to detect the fraud, Nirav Modi was booked by the CBI.
Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed businessman Nirav Modi’s company, Firestar Diamond, to ask him to return to India.>