Mumbai: Fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, who is wanted by several probe agencies in India in connection with a Rs 13,500 crore PNB fraud case, said that he will not return to India as he “fears for his life”. Conveying this to a special court here, advocate Vijay Agarwal appearing for the absconding jeweller, said the Enforcement Directorate is “guilty of committing a fraud on the court” by concealing Nirav Modi’s communications with the agency. In one such mail, Nirav Modi told the ED that his “effigy was being burnt and feared mob lynching” if he stepped on Indian soil.
Agarwal backing his client’s concerns said all the information sought by the ED pertains to “finance” and Nirav Modi being a jewellery designer would not have them. He said his client was not in a position to give such information as the ED sealed his offices, took his employees into custody and computer servers were confiscated. In a mail to the ED on February 25, accessed by IANS, Nirav Modi said: “In my last communication, I had pointed out that in view of the extensive media coverage, there are some personal security issues which I am facing, ... which have increased manifold. “I am being harassed to the extent possible, with multiple agencies hounding me and everything that is important to me, my safety, my reputation, my properties etc. are being put in jeopardy.” (IANS)