Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi who has been fighting extradition to India was further remanded in custody until August 27 on Thursday.
The announcement came at a regular remand hearing before a UK court on charges over USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case on Modi.
News agency PTI reported, the 49-year-old jeweller, who has been lodged at Wandsworth Prison in south-west London since his arrest in March last year, appeared via videolink before District Judge Vanessa Baraitser at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London for a regular 28-day “call-over” hearing.
The next hearing in the case will be a case management hearing ahead of a trial set for five days from September 7. In May, the first part of Modi’s extradition trial was held with the second part scheduled between September 7 and 11, the reports said.
Besides, completing the arguments on establishing a prima facie case against Modi, the trial next month will deal with a second extradition request, made by the Indian authorities and certified by UK Home Secretary Priti Patel earlier this year. The second request brings two additional charges against Modi – of “causing the disappearance of evidence” and intimidating witnesses or “criminal intimidation to cause death”, the report added.