The CBI has claimed that it wrote to the US, the UK, Belgium, France, Singapore and the UAE between April 25 and May 28 —which was after Nirav Modi had already made a few trips on his revoked passports.
Punjab National Bank’s 162-page internal report lays out how failings by 54 PNB officials – ranging from clerks to foreign exchange managers, and auditors to heads of regional offices, allowed the $2 billion fraud to be perpetrated.
The agency said the information about Modi’s passport was even updated by Interpol in its central database and this had been verified by the agency.
The CBI and the ED have registered two FIRs each in connection with the case. Both Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi are said to have left the country before the criminal cases were lodged against them.
The Indian Express Wednesday reported that the Interpol in a communication to Indian investigation agencies said Nirav Modi traveled to four countries after escaping from India.
The meeting comes days after the CBI moved Interpol to issue Red Corner Notices against Nirav Modi and his uncle Choksi who are wanted in the over Rs 13,500-crore fraud at the Punjab National Bank (PNB).
In a June 5 letter to Indian agencies, Interpol said Nirav Modi travelled between United States, United Kingdom and Hong Kong on his Indian passport between March 15 and March 31.
The CBI has charge-sheeted both Nirav Modi and Choksi separately in the scam and has now approached the Interpol for Red Corner Notices to bring back the accused to face trial in cases against them.
PNB fraud case: Nirav Modi, his wife Ami (a US citizen), brother Neeshal (a Belgian national) and uncle Mehul Choksi, promoter of the Gitanjali Group, fled the country in January, weeks before the scam broke. While Nirav Modi is in the UK, Choksi is learnt to be in the US.
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This development comes a day after the United Kingdom confirmed to India that Nirav Modi is their country, even as CBI has moved Interpol to issue Red Corner Notices against him and his uncle Mehul Choksi.
Once, an RCN is issued, member countries of the Lyon-based international police cooperation agency can arrest and extradite Modi, who fled the country in the first week of January, weeks before the bank filed a complaint with the CBI.
Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, another accused in the case, had fled from India in January, around a month before the PNB filed it first complaint against them in the fraud case.
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Both Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi involved in the multi-crore Punjab National Bank fraud case left India in January, a few weeks before the scam at PNB broke. While their passports are suspended, the duo remain untraceable