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Aware that Nirav Modi is in United Kingdom, extradition requested

Aware that Nirav Modi is in United Kingdom, extradition requested

Nirav Modi, 48, is now living in a three-bedroom flat in the Centre Point tower block, where rent is estimated to cost £17,000 a month, reports the Telegraph. Indian government sources and other top sources have told TOI that Modi is believed to have undergone plastic surgery in London in a bid to escape extradition.

While the Indian government is trying tooth and nail to capture the fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, he appeared to be living and roaming freely in the UK's capital city London in a slightly new avatar. Choksi was granted citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda on January 15, 2018, while Modi is in London.

Sporting a pink shirt and a black "ostrich leather" jacket, Nirav Modi refused to comment on a host of questions posed by a reporter from The Telegraph.

The Telegraph has also learnt from a well-placed government source that, Modi was given a national insurance number in recent months by the department for work & pensions and has been able to operate online bank accounts in the United Kingdom while wanted by Indian authorities.

India authorities in the past said that Modi was seen in the United Kingdom after fleeing the country a year ago, yet London failed to act on the world-wide police alert requesting a provisional arrest of the fugitive, pending extradition proceedings.

The Daily Telegraph tracked Modi down to three-bedroom £8 million apartment occupying half a floor within the luxury skyscraper called Centre Point off Tottenham Court Road, where rent is understood to be £17,000 a month.

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The ED has till date attached properties worth Rs 4,765 crore of Choksi and Nirav Modi.

Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, who are wanted in India for loan default, fled the country in the first week of January a year ago after their companies were found cheating the state-run PNB of Rs 14,000 crore. The reporter finally followed him for some time and then asked him if he has applied for political asylum.

The revelation comes a day after Modi's 30,000 sq ft seaside mansion at Kihim beach in Maharashtra was demolished by authorities using explosives.

"The business, which was incorporated last May, is linked to his flat in Centre Point although he is not listed as a director at Companies House", the Telegraph reported, wondering how Modi's presence remained unnoticed by the British authorities.

An Indian diamond billionaire who is on the run after being accused of defrauding a state-run bank out of £1.5billion has been found in an apartment in London's West End. National insurance numbers are required to legally work in the UK.

According to UK-based newspaper reports, Nirav Modi has started a new diamond business in Soho.

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