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CBI Blames Interpol For Free-Flying Of Nirav Modi

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| June 19 , 2018 , 14:46 IST

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday blamed the Interpol for letting absconding diamond merchant Nirav Modi to travel internationally even after his passport was cancelled.

While addressing the media CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said, “After the passport was revoked/cancelled by the external affairs ministry, we had updated this information in the diffusion notice. The information that the passport of Nirav Modi has been revoked was provided in the Interpol central database, available to all the member countries, on February 24.”

Dayal added the diffusion notice is sent to all 190 member countries of the Interpol but the agency separately pursued the matter with six countries – the US, the UK, France, Belgium, Singapore and the UAE – where it was suspected Modi may have fled to. The agency asked these countries to share information about his whereabouts and movements.

Modi and Mehul Choksi have been accused by the investigative agency in connection to a loan worth about Rs 13,000 crore from Punjab National Bank which they failed to pay.

 Both the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) have filed formal charges against them and they also moved for the issuance of an Interpol Red Notice against them for their arrest and deportation.