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The special court allowed the CBI’s application for the issuance of NBWs against Modi and Chowksi after the two turned down summons to join the investigation in the scam. The agency had written to the uncle-nephew duo to join probe on their official e-mail ids but they have refused to join it, citing business engagements and health issues.
The issuance of NBWs by the court also opens the door to seeking Red Corner Notices against both accused from the Interpol. The CBI had previously approached Interpol with a request for issuing ‘Diffusion Notice’, which is aimed at locating an individual.
Both Modi and Chowksi fled the country in January, before they could be apprehended by the authorities. The passports of the two fugitive businessmen have been revoked.
The Ministry of External Affairs has submitted a request to Hong Kong authorities for provisional arrest of Nirav Modi, acting on reports that the absconding jeweller is in the Chinese territory. A provisional arrest is made pending a formal extradition request.
Modi and Chowksi, in connivance with certain bank officials, allegedly cheated PNB of over Rs 13,000 crore through fraudulent Letters of Undertaking (LoUs).
A Mumbai branch of PNB had fraudulently issued LoUs for the group of companies belonging to Nirav Modi since March 2011.
Different investigating agencies, including CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED), are probing the fraud, dubbed as the biggest banking scam in the country.
The ED has registered two money laundering cases against Modi, his firms and others on the basis of a CBI FIR.
Since the fraud came to light in January 2018 and filing of complaint by the PNB, investigating agencies have cracked down on Modi and Chowksi, with the ED seizing jewellery and assets worth thousands of crores of rupees, the I-T department attaching various properties, and the CBI grilling several senior executives of his company.
Earlier this week, the CBI questioned a former Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, along with three Chief General Managers and one General Manager, in connection with the PNB bank fraud cases.
(With PTI inputs)