Nirav Modi
Nirav Modi

United Kingdom's Home Ministry has approved the extradition of fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, informed CBI official on Friday.

In February 2021, UK extradition judge had ordered that Modi will be extradited to India to stand trial.

The District Judge at the Westminster Magistrates' Court, Samuel Goozee, accepted the prima facie evidence against Modi for money laundering, saying: "Many of these are a matter for trial in India. I am satisfied again that there is evidence he could be convicted," according to reports.

The development came after almost a two-year long legal battle.

Expressing satisfaction over the detention condition and medical arrangements in India, the court said, "Conditions in Barack 12 (at the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai) look far better than his current cell in London."

The observations came after Nirav Modi's side had argued that he can't be extradited to India due to his worsening mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic and the poor conditions in the Indian prisons.

The court ruling had later been sent to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel for a sign-off.

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