Nirav Modi faces fresh FIR for using multiple Indian passports

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 Jun 2018 08:43:17



AGENCIES probing the alleged USD 2-billion PNB fraud have detected that absconding diamond merchant Nirav Modi possessed at least half-a-dozen Indian passports and a fresh FIR is being mulled against him for this offence, officials said on Sunday.

Modi has been traced to Belgium by Indian intelligence agencies and his frequent travels, despite the revocation of his passport, have led the sleuths to unearth that of the six passports he held, two were active for quite some time.
The four other passports were found to be not active, sources said.

Of the two active passports, one had Modi’s full name while the other only had his first name with a 40-month UK visa issued against it and that is probably how he kept travelling to various countries, despite the Government revoking his first known passport earlier this year, the sources told PTI.
The second passport was also subsequently revoked by the Indian authorities.

The sources said the Government, through the Ministry of External Affairs, has informed the Interpol about the two revoked passports of Modi, but it appears that in the absence of a uniform international mechanism, the legal blocking of the documents in various countries could not be done and the fugitive diamantaire kept using those to travel through airports and possibly seaports too.