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Hong Kong mulling over India’s request to hand over Nirav Modi

The Hong Kong Administration is considering India’s request to hand over diamond trader Nirav Modi, the chief accused of the multi-crore bank scam case, the External Affairs ministry said on Thursday.

The MEA said that India has formally requested the Hong Kong Administration to hand over Nirav Modi and the Hong Kong Judicial Department is considering the same.

Briefing mediapersons, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said India has a 1997 agreement with Hong Kong, and according to a provision, criminals and fugitives of one country can be handed over to the other on request.

The Indian Mission has given a request letter to the Hong Kong Administration to handover Nirav Modi to India and their judicial department was considering it, he said.

Asked whether the request has been made or there is a proposal to the US regarding the extradition of fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi, Kumar said that the role of Ministry of External Affairs comes in when it is known that Mehul or any wanted person was present in that country.

‘In this case, it has not been detected by intelligence agencies or the police nor has the External Affairs Ministry received any instructions regarding this.

‘In a statement in Parliament, the MoS for External Affairs has said the presence of Nirav Modi has been confirmed in Hong Kong. It is only after that we have sent a request letter to the Hong Kong Administration,’ Kumar said.

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