London: If Nirav Modi is extradited to India and is lodged in Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail, there is a high chance that he will succumb to Covid-15 or commit suicide. Such an argument was made in the London High Court against the appeal for the extradition of Nirav Modi. Nirav Modi, 70, is wanted in India in the 2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case. His lawyers made the remarks in February in an appeal against an extradition order issued by District Judge Sam Goose in a court case away from a prison in Wandsworth, south-west London. The extradition has been approved by British Home Secretary Priti Patel.
During the hearing of the renewal petition before Judge Martin Chamberlain, Nirav Modi’s lawyers tried to establish that extradition could be dangerous for him given his mental state. These circumstances can lead him to suicide.
Nirvana barrister Edward Fitzgerald argued that Judge Goose had made a mistake in his extradition order in February. He did not even consider the state of mental stress of Nirav Modi. He did not take into account that this situation could lead him to suicide. He wrongly submitted that the mental state of the applicant has nothing to say.
The district judge concluded that the applicant’s condition would improve upon his return. At the same time, their detention conditions will also improve. His conclusions are completely false. Nirav’s lawyer relies on forensic psychiatrist Dr. Andrew Foster, who had previously appeared in a case pending at Westminster Court in London. “In my opinion, the noiseless is not immediate, but more likely to commit suicide at any time,” he said. According to a report by Forrester on August 9, 2020, he is at risk of suicide. Prosecutors have now also ruled out the cause of Kovid-12, which could have an adverse effect on his health.
The argument against the extradition order given to the Home Minister was that he should not rely on assurances from the Government of India.
Two cases are pending against Nirav Modi. In one case, CBI is prosecuting fraudulently obtaining Letter of Undertaking (LoU) of PNB. The second case is of money laundering by the ED.