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Opposition Slams Centre As Nirav Modi Seen In London Walking In Rs. 9 Lakh Jacket

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| March 9 , 2019 , 14:22 IST

A video of fugitive billionaire Nirav Modi wanted in India in Rs. 13,000 crore alleged PNB bank scam, freely walking down a street in London has been making a buzz throughout and has reaped in a new topic for opposition to target the government weeks before the national elections.

With Congress and other opposition parties questioning the Modi government's commitment in bringing Nirav Modi to India, the prime minister's party, the BJP, today reminded the opposition that the bank fraud took place when the Congress government was in power. 

"Nirav Modi is wearing a jacket which is worth 10,000 pounds and living in an expensive home. We want to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi, what happened to the promises of bringing back black money?" Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi said.

"Nirav Modi's fraud to cheat the banks started in 2011 when UPA government was in power. It was detected and exposed during the Modi government," it said.

In a series of tweets, the BJP listed action taken by the Modi government.

Congress party took to their social media account and slammed the Centre for its "failure" to bring back the fugitive diamantaire to justice.

The leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Sitaram Yechury also tweeted.

The extradition request against Nirav Modi has been pending since last September before the UK authorities. On February 26, the Enforcement Directorate attached properties of Nirav Modi and his associate companies to the tune of Rs 147 crore in connection with its ongoing Punjab National Bank fraud probe.

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Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi are under probe by both the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the ED. The ED filed money laundering cases against them and others on February 15 on the basis of an FIR registered by the CBI. The ED has till date attached properties worth Rs 4,765 crore of Choksi and Nirav Modi.