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Oct 30, 2018
9:12AM

PNB scam: Nirav Modi files application before special court opposing ED's complaint to have him declared fugitive economic offender

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Prime accused in the multi-crore PNB scam, Diamond trader Nirav Modi, has filed an application before a special court opposing the ED's complaint to have him declared a "fugitive economic offender. He filed 10 applications yesterday before the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court of judge M S Azmi. 

Nirav Modi had argued that as per the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act (FEOA), a complaint may be filed by the director or any other officer not below the rank of deputy director "authorized" by the director. 

He contended that in his case, ED's plea was undersigned by a deputy director, but he has not submitted any authorization documents as required under the act.


The application further mentioned that the complaint was filed when the Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance was in force, which was subsequently repealed as the FEOA was passed by Parliament on July 25, 2018. The application said, hence the proceedings in the present case were also under the new act.

Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi are being investigated by the ED and the CBI for allegedly cheating Punjab National Bank of more than 13,400 crore Rupees. 

The scam, which reportedly began in 2011, was detected in January this year, after which PNB officials reported it to the probe agencies. Two criminal complaints were filed by the ED in this regard after taking cognizance of CBI FIRs.

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