Fugitive Nirav Modi loses bid to appeal against extradition to India


The High Court in London denied Nirav Modi’s permission to appeal against his extradition order in the UK Supreme Court, which was a setback in his legal fight against his extradition on Thursday. Modi is a wanted fugitive diamond merchant who needs to be extradited to India to face charges of fraud and money laundering.

Lord Justice Jeremy Stuart-Smith and Justice Robert Jay ruled in a judgement order issued at the Royal Courts of Justice in London that “the Appellant’s (Nirav Modi) application for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court is refused.”

The 51-year-old diamantaire had previously lost an appeal based on mental health issues when the same two-judge High Court bench determined that extraditing him to India to stand trial in the alleged USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) loan scam case would not be oppressive or unjust.


Since being detained in March 2019 on the basis of an extradition warrant, Modi has remained locked up at Wandsworth Prison in London.