With the election fast approaching, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has gone ahead and sought assistance from select European countries to trace and restrict absconding diamantaire Nirav Modi.
The MEA sources said that it had only last week written letters to atleast three countries namely France, United Kingdom, and Belgium.
It is said that the Indian missions in these countries had also shared a ‘note verbale’ on Nirav Modi with the three governments.
This comes as the special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court in Mumbai on Tuesday had given its nod to begin Nirav Modi’s extradition from the United Kingdom.
The ED had earlier filed the application in the court seeking permission to start extradition of the absconding diamantaire in connection with a multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam.
The Enforcement Directorate is of the view that Nirav Modi is in the UK and needs to be extradited.
This even as the media reports have suggested that he is able to travel to countries despite an Indian revoked passport.
Nirav, who is allegedly at the centre of the multi-crore bank fraud, has reportedly fled to the UK, where he is claiming political asylum.>