Nirav Modi in business again on visitor visa

London: Neither the Interpol Red Corner notice, nor the verdict on Vijay Mallya in an extradition case, seem to have dampened absconding business tycoon Nirav Modi’s enthusiasm. Undeterred by the fact that he is being hounded by Indian investigative agencies in the PNB scam, Modi is back in the diamond business – in his current abode London.

He entered UK sometime after June on one of his multiple passports. Sources told the Sunday Guardian that since then Modi has also acquired a credit card of a UK bank, despite him being pronounced an absconder from law.

The role of the Theresa May government is in question as it gave him a visitor’s visa even after an FIR was lodged against him in India. As per rules, an individual on a visitor’s visa cannot open a bank account or practise businesses of any kind.
In an email reply to The Sunday Guardian’s queries, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK government said that a response would be shared soon. However, this newspaper did not receive any response.

The Ministry of External Affairs has been persistent in following up with the UK and Belgium governments Modi’s extradition but has not received satisfactory responses. The sources told the newspaper that Modi has been assured by his advisers and legal team that the chances of him being extradited from UK are remote.

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