Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi case: ED brings back diamonds, pearls worth Rs 1,350 crore from Hong Kong

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Updated: Jun 10, 2020 10:04 PM

Enforcement Directorate had earlier brought back 33 consignments of valuables from Dubai and Hong Kong that belonged to entities owned by Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi.

Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi, Enforcement Directorate, ED, Hong Kong, Punjab National Bank, PNB,Both businessmen Nirav Modi (pictured here) and Mehul Choksi are being probed by the ED under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in connection with an over USD 2 billion alleged bank fraud at a PNB branch in Mumbai. (File Image)

Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi case: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has brought back from Hong Kong 108 consignments of various overseas entities owned by Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi which contained over 2,300 kg of polished diamonds and pearls worth Rs 1,350 crore, agencies quoted officials as saying.

Enforcement Directorate officials told agencies that the valuables include polished diamonds, pearls, pearl and silver jewellery which were kept in the godown of a logistics company in Hong Kong. Of the 108 consignments that landed at Mumbai, ED officials said 32 belonged to overseas entities “controlled” by Nirav Modi while the rest are of Mehul Choksi firms, ANI reported.

The consignments will formally be seized under the PMLA now, the officials said.

The ED completed “all legal formalities” with authorities in Hong Kong to bring back these valuables, the agency said.

The Enforcement Directorate had earlier brought back 33 consignments of valuables from Dubai and Hong Kong that belonged to entities owned by Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi.

ANI reported that those consignments of valuables were valued on arrival and subsequently seized in India. An independent valuer had assessed those earlier consignments to be worth around Rs 137 crore, ANI stated.

Both businessmen Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi are being probed by the ED under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in connection with an over USD 2 billion alleged bank fraud at a PNB branch in Mumbai.

Nirav Modi (49), currently lodged in a UK jail, was declared a fugitive economic offender in December by the Mumbai court. He was arrested in London in March 2019 and is presently fighting extradition to India.

His uncle Mehul Choksi has been evading the law since the probe into this case began and was last stated to be living in Antigua and Barbuda from where the Indian government is seeking his extradition, the probe agencies have said.

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