Guwahati: Nirav Modi, the prime accused in PNB fraud case, is afraid of coming back to India as he fears threat to his life, says the legal advisor of Modi. Modi’s lawyer, repeating the words of Modi, says that according to Modi he is being compared to the ‘Ravan’ and also says that he has chances of being lynched by people in India for which he is not ready to come to India back.
In response to the claims made by Modi, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) dismissed it saying if Nirav Modi truly felt that there were “security threats” for him then he should have filed a police complaint.
Mr. Modi’s lawyer Vijay Agarwal made such statement of Nirav Modi's fear in coming to India while arguing before Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The ED has made it clear that the claims made by Mr. Modi are “irrelevant” to the case. The ED has claimed that the accused had even refused to join the probe despite acknowledging emails and summons issued to him. This clearly indicates that he doesn’t want to return to India and hence, such claims are totally baseless.
Modi’s lawyer Agarwal said, “In a letter addressed to both the CBI and the ED, Modi had stated that he was not able to join the probe because of security threats (in India) from private persons, the families of those who have been detained (in the PNB case), landlords, the creditors who have not been paid and the customers whose jewelry was taken away by the ED.”
He also added, “My client’s (Modi’s) 50-ft tall effigy was burnt in India. There was evidence of a mob lynching (against me) and I (Modi) was being compared with ‘Ravan’ I have been projected as evil and being made the poster boy of the bank fraud.”
Agarwal also said that his client cannot be termed as a fugitive yet, as the legal requirements for that have not been met by the investigating agency. He also added that the ED wants to declare Nirav Modi as a fugitive just because he left India under suspicious circumstances on January 1, 2018. Rather, according to the lawyer, at the time when Nirav Modi left India, he had no criminal case against him.
So, “They cannot just say that he left the country under suspicious circumstances. They need to specify what those suspicions were. Also, there is no material on record to say that he is refusing to return to India,” added the lawyer.