UK Court Extends Nirav Modi’s Custody Till Sept 19

London: Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, wanted in India in connection with the nearly $2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case, appeared before a UK court on Thursday via video link from his London prison and was further remanded in judicial custody till September 19, news agency PTI reported.

The routine “call-over” hearing in the 48-year-old’s extradition case at Westminster Magistrates’ Court was presided over by Judge Tan Ikram. The judge told Nirav Modi that his trial dates would be confirmed at the next call-over hearing on September 19, when he will again appear via videolink.

“No progress today, I’m afraid,” the judge said, giving directions for the court clerk to seek a confirmation of the proposed five-day extradition trial dates starting May 11, 2020.

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