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UK court extends Nirav Modi’s judicial remand to August 6

The 49-year-old jeweller has been lodged at one of UK’s largest prisons, Wandsworth Prison, in south-west London since his arrest in March last year, Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi. (Photo: Reuters)Fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, who is fighting extradition to India, was on Thursday further remanded in custody until August 6 after he appeared at a regular…

The 49-year-old jeweller has been lodged at one of UK’s largest prisons, Wandsworth Prison, in south-west London since his arrest in March last year,

Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi. (Photo: Reuters)

Fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, who is fighting extradition to India, was on Thursday further remanded in custody until August 6 after he appeared at a regular remand hearing before a UK court on charges over the nearly $2 billion Punjab National Bank fraud and money laundering case.

The 49-year-old jeweller has been lodged at one of UK’s largest prisons, Wandsworth Prison, in south-west London since his arrest in March last year,

Nirav Modi appeared via videolink before Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London for a regular 28-day “call-over” hearing until the second leg of his extradition trial begins in September.

In May, District Judge Samuel Goozee presided over the first part of the extradition trial, held in a partial remote setting due to the coronavirus lockdown restrictions, with the second part scheduled for a five-day hearing from September 7.

“I hope Mr Modi by the time we get to September, the current restrictions on movement from prisons have been eased and you can be in court in person to follow the proceedings,” the judge had told Modi, at the end of a four-day partial hearing of the case on May 14.

UK courts have rejected five bail applications by Nirav Modi.

(With PTI inputs)

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