Punjab National Bank fraud case: MEA suspends passports of Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi for four weeks

The external affairs ministry suspended with immediate effect the passports of diamantaire Nirav Modi and his business partner Mehul Choksi for four weeks

PTI February 16, 2018 14:55:35 IST
Punjab National Bank fraud case: MEA suspends passports of Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi for four weeks

New Delhi: The external affairs ministry on Friday suspended with immediate effect the passports of diamantaire Nirav Modi and his business partner Mehul Choksi for four weeks.

Punjab National Bank fraud case MEA suspends passports of Nirav Modi Mehul Choksi for four weeks

File image of Nirav Modi. News18

The ministry gave them one week to respond why their passports should not be revoked.

"If they fail to respond within the stipulated time it will be assumed that they have no response to offer and the MEA will go ahead with the revocation," the ministry said in a statement.

Announcing the suspension, the MEA statement said,"On the advice of the Enforcement Directorate, the passport issuing authority in the MEA has today suspended the validity of passports of Nirav Deepak Modi and Mehul Chinubhai Choksi with immediate effect for a period of four weeks u/s 10(A) of the Passports Act 1967."

They have been asked to respond within one week why their passports should not be impounded or revoked under Section 10 (3) (c) of the Passports Act 1967, it said.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the ED on Thursday moved separate applications to the external affairs ministry seeking the revocation Nirav Modi's passport as well as that of his maternal uncle and his business partner Mehul Choksi, the promoter of Gitanjali jewellery chain. Both are accused in the Rs 280 crore bank fraud case.

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