NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: (L-R) Naomi Watts, Nirav Modi and Deborra-Lee Furness attend the Nirav Modi U.S. Boutique grand opening at Nirav Modi Boutique on September 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Nirav Modi, the jeweller at the centre of the Punjab National Bank scam, goes to court today to appeal the UK’s decision to extradite him to India.

Now held at Wandsworth Prison since 2019, he is wanted by Indian authorities after being linked to a $2 billion (£1.43 billion) bank fraud case that was reported in early 2018.

He has also been accused of witness intimidation and destruction of evidence among other crimes.

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Modi, formerly a celebrity jeweller part of the now defunct Gitanjali Group, has appealed his extradition on both mental health and human rights grounds.

His extradition to India, where he is wanted, would see him tried for his involvement in the Punjab National Bank scam.

His uncle, alleged co-conspirator and former chairman of Gitanjali Group, Mehul Choksi, was arrested in Dominica earlier this year.

Now, India’s the Siasat Daily has reported that Modi is set to go to trial once more in the UK today (Tuesday, 14 December 2021).

His lawyers argue, the paper reported, that his extradition to India will see the alleged conman go without the proper mental health care.

Because he is suffering from serious depression, they argue, this could make him a suicide risk.

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