Choksi had left India just before CBI registered an FIR against him and his nephew Nirav Modi in February 2018. After sustained efforts by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED), Interpol last month published a Red Notice against him.
"In August 2018, the government sent two requests, one from the CBI and the other from the Enforcement Directorate, to the authorities of the UK seeking the extradition of Nirav Modi to India," Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh told Rajya Sabha said.
Government counsel advocate P B Kakade told a bench of Chief Justice Naresh Patil and Justice M S Karnik that it had served demolition notices to another 58 private properties in the area constructed in violation of the state's rules and coastal zone norms.
“Earlier this week, we had received prosecution sanction from the government on Rao and it has been communicated to the court. Now, with the sanction in place, Rao like others would also stand trial,” a senior official said.
“The FM must either defend himself or resign pending further investigation. If he opts for none, the PM must recommend to the President to remove the FM from his Cabinet. If none of these happens the entire Opposition should demand resignation of the PM,” Mishra wrote sharing Gandhi’s tweet.
Besides Choksi, Mihir Bhansali, a close aide and US-based executive of main accused in the case Nirav Modi, and a company named A P Gems and Jewellery Park have been named as the beneficiaries of these assets.
The CBI has given a very strong rebuttal to the claims of the fugitive billionaire who is alleged to be the mastermind of India's biggest financial scam running into over 2 billion US dollars in Punjab National Bank, the officials said.