Nirav Modi Can Appeal Against India Extradition On Mental Health Grounds: Report

Nirav Modi is accused of robbing the state-owned PNB of more than $2 billion, as well as witness intimidation and evidence destruction, by the Indian government.

Nirav Modi, who is being held in a London prison, has been granted permission to file an appeal against his extradition to India, claiming that he is mentally unwell, poses a significant danger of suicide, and that extradition would be oppressive. Judge Martin Chamberlain of the UK High Court stated that “The question is whether the appellant's case on these grounds is plausible. It is, in my opinion. I will not limit the grounds on which those grounds can be discussed, though it appears to me that there should be a special focus on whether the judge was correct in reaching the decision he did, given the evidence of the appellant's severe depression and significant risk of suicide and the effectiveness of any measure in Arthur Road Prison for preventing suicide attempts.” Nirav Modi's appeal against his extradition to India was denied by the UK high court in June.

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Nirav's case was sent to UK home secretary Priti Patel on February 25 after a district judge in Westminster determined that "undisputed diagnosis of serious depression" was not a bar to extradition. On April 15, she issued an order for his extradition. Nirav on July 21 to UK Supreme Court to see if he could file an appeal against Patel's ruling or the Westminster Magistrates' Court order. A high court judge dismissed Modi's petition.

According to ANI, Nirav Modi's counsel stated in a recent motion to the UK high court to appeal against his extradition that it would have a negative influence on his mental health and aggravate "suicidal inclinations." According to the news agency, Edward Fitzgerald said Modi was "severely depressed" and requested that his extradition be halted on mental health grounds.

Fitzgerald said in the plea that incarcerating Modi in Mumbai's "Covid-rich" Arthur Road Jail will worsen his mental health and suicidal sentiments. Extraditing Nirav Modi, 50, would be "oppressive," according to his counsel. "The epidemic will compound the problem. The court made a mistake by relying on assurances from the Indian government "he stated.

On the other grounds, the court denied permission to appeal, saying that there was a "prima facie case" and that the offenses constituted extradition offenses, dismissing Justice Thipsay's arguments. He refused to listen to claims that Nirav will not get a fair trial in India because Christian Michel was abused or that Indian officials are attempting to sway public opinion. Modi's objections were ignored by the Crown Prosecution Service, which is defending the Indian government in the case, and the judge was asked to dismiss the appeal.

Modi is accused of robbing the state-owned PNB of more than $2 billion, as well as witness intimidation and evidence destruction, by the Indian government.

Since March 2019, when he was arrested based on India's extradition request, the 50-year-old businessman has been held at Wandsworth Prison in southwest London.