Arrest of Mehul Choksi opens up extradition debate on top fugitives

The arrest of Mehul Choksi, a diamond businessman and a declared fugitive within the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case, within the Caribbean island nation Dominica has brought the focus back on pending extradition processes towards many of his ilk.

Going by India’s expertise, extradition is hardly a profitable authorities endeavour. According to the federal government’s reply to the Rajya Sabha in February 2020, efforts had been on to extradite 72 fugitives to India from totally different nations. An RTI response of 2019 mentioned solely two of the fugitives may very well be introduced again to India since 2015.

So, let’s take a look on the top fugitives and their final identified standing.

Lalit Modi

Lalit Modi, credited for launching the Indian Premier League (IPL), is needed for allegedly defrauding the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) of Rs 753 crore.

Lalit Modi fled India in May 2010 — shortly earlier than the Enforcement Directorate (ED) was to file a case towards him — citing menace to his life. The Mumbai-headquartered BCCI filed a police case towards Lalit Modi in Chennai in October 2010.

For seven years, the police probe didn’t progress, constructing the bottom for the Interpol to reject the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) request to problem a Red Corner Notice (RCN).

India filed an extradition request greater than a decade after he fled. Lalit Modi was final reported to be residing in London.

Nirav Modi

Nirav Modi is on the verge of changing into a hit story of extradition for Indian companies. He fled India in 2017 after the PNB rip-off was unearthed. India approached the UK for his extradition in 2018.

In April this 12 months, the authorized hurdles for his extradition had been cleared after Nirav Modi misplaced a case within the UK court docket. The UK authorities agreed to extradite Nirav Modi. But Nirav Modi has filed fresh appeals in the court against his extradition to India.

Mehul Choksi

Nirav Modi’s uncle and co-accused within the PNB rip-off case, Mehul Choksi has been profitable till now in evading Indian companies. But his arrest in Dominica may imply Mehul Choksi has run out of his luck. Dominica has hinted that it is able to extradite Mehul Choksi both on to India or by way of Antigua — he’s an Antiguan citizen.

Vijay Mallya

Businessman Vijay Mallya is needed for alleged banking fraud in India. Vijay Mallya fled India in March 2016, whereas he was nonetheless a Rajya Sabha MP. He has been residing within the UK, the place India has gained all of the court docket circumstances for the extradition of Vijay Mallya. But a proper approval from the UK authorities continues to be awaited.

Nitin Sandesara

Businessman Nitin Sandesara, his spouse Dipti Sandesara and brother-in-law Hitesh Patel are wished in India in reference to a banking fraud to the tune of Rs 15,600 crore. The rip-off includes Sterling Biotech Group, a agency promoted by Sandesaras.

They fled India in 2017 to Nigeria. In February this 12 months, they filed an affidavit within the Supreme Court claiming Nigeria and Albania had in 2019 rejected the extradition request made by India. They had been declared fugitives in India final 12 months.

Jatin Mehta

Jatin Mehta, a diamond businessman, is needed in a financial institution fraud case. The Winsome Diamonds and Jewellery, the agency promoted by Jatin Mehta, is claimed to be the third largest defaulter after Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines and Nirav Modi.

Jatin Mehta fled India in 2013 to the Caribbean island St Kitts together with his household. He is reported to be shuffling between St Kitts and the UK. However, studies in 2020 claimed that Jatin Mehta might need settled in Southeast European nation, Montenegro the place he was understood to have floated new companies.

Sanjay Bhandari

Sanjay Bhandari is yet one more high-profile fugitive wished in India in a cash laundering circumstances. Sanjay Bhandari resides within the UK and resisting extradition to India in a London court docket.

The UK authorities licensed his extradition to India in 2020, after which Sanjay Bhandari was arrested. But he moved the court docket and secured bail as he contested the extradition transfer.

Sanjay Bhandari, who fled India in 2016, had triggered a political row in India over his alleged hyperlinks to Congress chief Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s husband Robert Vadra, who had denied any enterprise connections with the accused.

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