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Nirav Modi’s application to appeal against extradition to India rejected by UK High court

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Nirav Modi, accused of defrauding Punjab National Bank (PNB) of around $2 billion (Rs 14,000 crore), had lodged an appeal in the London high court last month.

UK high court on Wednesday rejected fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi’s application to appeal against his extradition to India.
As per reports from media sources a high court official confirmed that the permission to appeal was “rejected on paper”.

This leaves Nirav with a chance to make his case at a brief oral hearing in the high court with a renewed “leave to appeal” application for a judge to determine if it can proceed to a full appeal hearing.

As per legal guidelines, Nirav Modi as an appellant has five business days to apply for such an oral consideration, giving him time until next week.

If a renewal application is made, it will be listed before a high court judge for a hearing. It is understood that Nirav Modi plans to make such an application, media sources reported.

“We are waiting to see if they do apply for permission to appeal. If they are allowed to appeal then we would contest any appeal proceedings on behalf of the GOI (government of India),” the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which appears in court on behalf of the Indian authorities, said last month.

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