Absconding diamantaire Nirav Modi may need to be on the run for some time more as Revenue intelligence agency Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has served an arrest warrant via email to him in a case of alleged customs duty evasion, officials said on Sunday.
The DRI had in March launched prosecution against Nirav Modi and three of his firms —Firestar International Pvt Ltd (FIPL), Firestar Diamond International Pvt Ltd (FDIPL) and Radashir Jewellery Co Pvt Ltd (RJCPL), based in the Special Economic Zone, Surat, for allegedly diverting duty-free imported goods for purposes other than specified in the rules, they said.
According to the norms, duty-free import of goods by the units located in the SEZ is permitted only if they are to be used as raw material and are exported after value addition or processing. It was found that high-value diamonds and pearls worth Rs 890 crore, involving customs duty of Rs 52 crore, were allegedly diverted by the SEZ units controlled by Nirav Modi and sold in the open market, the officials said.
To evade import duty, he exported low-quality diamonds and pearls and claimed that these were the ones imported and then processed, they said.
The DRI, which is probing the case, has claimed that it has collected vital details, documents and evidence.
After the launch of prosecution in the case, summonses were issued by the court of chief judicial magistrate, Surat, against Nirav Modi but neither he nor his representative appeared before the court on specified dates, they said.>