Ni­rav Modi de­clared 'pro­claimed ab­scon­der' in cus­toms case

The Northlines - - BUSINESS - MUM­BAI, NOV 08

A Gu­jarat court on Thurs­day de­clared fugi­tive dia­man­taire Ni­rav Modi a "pro­claimed ab­scon­der" in a cus­toms duty eva­sion case filed in March and or­dered him to ap­pear in per­son on Novem­ber 15. In a pub­lic no­ti­fi­ca­tion is­sued ear­lier in the day in news­pa­pers, and also sent to gov­ern­ment and po­lice de­part­ments, Ni­rav Modi was de­clared pro­claimed ab­scon­der un­der Sec­tion 82 of the Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dure Code, which could make it dif­fi­cult for him to se­cure an an­tic­i­pa­tory bail.

In Su­rat, Chief Ju­di­cial Mag­is­trate BH Ka­pa­dia ac­cepted a plea made by the Cus­toms De­part­ment on Au­gust 8 and asked Ni­rav Modi, who is the prime ac­cused in sev­eral other cases, in­clud­ing the Rs 13,500 crore Pun­jab Na­tional Bank fraud case, to ap­pear be­fore the court next Thurs­day.

The case in the Su­rat Court was filed by Deputy Cus­toms Com­mis­sioner RK Ti­wary against Ni­rav Modi and three of his firms—firestar Di­a­mond In­ter­na­tional Pvt Ltd, Firestar In­ter­na­tional Pvt Ltd, and Radashir Jew­ellery Co Pvt Ltd. IANS

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