The Interpol has issued a Red Corner Notice against Ami Modi—the wife of fugitive fraudster Nirav Modi. The Red Corner Notice has been issued against Nirav Modi’s wife in connection with the money laundering cases registered against her in India.
Notably, a Red Corner Notice serves as an international arrest warrant. The notice has been issued by the global police body on the request made by Enforcement Directorate.
Once such a notice is issued against a fugitive, the Interpol asks its 192-member countries to arrest or detain the person if spotted in their countries. Thereafter, the extradition or deportation proceedings can begin.
Ami Modi is said to have left India soon after the alleged bank fraud case came into light in 2018.
Ami Modi charged under PMLA
The ED has charged Ami Modi for conspiring and money laundering with her husband and jeweller Nirav Modi. Apart from the couple, Nirav Modi’s uncle Mehul Choksi and others have been also charged under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Nirav Modi fighting extradition to India
Nirav Modi, 49, is currently lodged in a UK jail after being arrested in London in March 2019. Currently, he is fighting a bitter legal battle to prevent being extradited to India.
He has been declared a fugitive economic offender by a Mumbai court early this year. Additionally, the court had also ordered confiscation of his assets. The ED has already confiscated about Rs 329 crore of his linked properties.
The businessman, Choksi and others are being probed by the ED on money laundering charges in connection with an over USD 2 billion alleged bank fraud at a PNB branch in Mumbai.
Similarly, Interpol notices have been earlier been issued against Nirav Modi’s younger brother Nehal Modi and sister Purvi Modi.
ED brought back diamonds belonging to Nirav Modi
The Enforcement Directorate had in early June brought back over 2,300 kg of polished diamonds, pearls, and jewellery worth Rs 1,350 crore to India. The diamonds belonged to Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi. They had allegedly dispatched the same to Dubai while they were being investigated.
The agency had “successfully imported” from Hong Kong around 108 packages of jewellery and gems. It belonged to firms controlled by Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi. The two were planning to fly these consignments to Dubai from Hong Kong in 2018 while evading officials on their trail, investigators had said.
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