Arthur Road prison ready to wel­come Ni­rav Modi, says state of­fi­cial

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Zee Me­dia News­room cor­re­spon­[email protected]­ (With in­puts from agen­cies)

UK GUEST: Mum­bai: Author­i­ties at the Arthur Road jail in Mum­bai have read­ied ‘bar­rack no. 12’ in case fugi­tive dia­man­taire Ni­rav Modi is brought to In­dia from the UK for his al­leged role in the Rs 13,000 crore Pun­jab Na­tional Bank scam.

Ac­cord­ing to a state Home Min­istry of­fi­cial, the Prisons De­part­ment has shared in­for­ma­tion about the con­di­tion of the jail and fa­cil­i­ties that can be pro­vided to Ni­rav.

Bar­rack No. 12 has two cells and each cell can ac­com­mo­date three in­mates. Cur­rently,

one cell is empty which can be kept aside for Ni­rav. Apart from an at­tached toi­let, the cell gets suf­fi­cient light. A med­i­cal bed can also be moved in­side in case of an emer­gency.

The busi­ness­man was ar­rested by Scot­land Yard of­fi­cers

in London on March 19. He faces ex­tra­di­tion to In­dia as the “prin­ci­pal ben­e­fi­ciary” of the il­licit is­suance of let­ters of un­der­tak­ing (Lous) that were used to de­fraud the state-run Pun­jab Na­tional Bank and the money was di­verted to dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions.

UK’S West­min­ster Mag­is­trate’s Court last month denied bail to Modi, who has been be­hind bars at one of Eng­land’s most over­crowded prisons, Her Majesty’s Prison Wandsworth.

The Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment re­cently sub­mit­ted a let­ter of as­sur­ance to the Cen­tre about the fa­cil­i­ties which it can pro­vide in the prison, he said.

It had last year fur­nished a sim­i­lar let­ter of as­sur­ance to the Cen­tre in con­nec­tion with the ex­tra­di­tion of liquor baron Vi­jay Mallya, who is in the UK and is wanted in In­dia on charges of fraud and money laun­der­ing amount­ing to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore.

If ex­tra­dited, the The home de­part­ment of­fi­cial said, Modi and Mallya will be lodged in the same room, hav­ing an area of 20 ft by 15 ft and equipped with three fans, six tube lights and two win­dows.

The prison de­part­ment also as­sured that Modi will be kept in a cell where the num­ber of other de­tainees is not more than three, the of­fi­cial said.

The bar­rack is for­ti­fied, said the of­fi­cials, adding that the guarded de­ployed there are trained to han­dle all types of even­tu­al­i­ties.

Ni­rav is cur­rently in the cus­tody of author­i­ties in the UK

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