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Nirav case likely to boost India’s fight against fugitive arms dealer Bhandari | India News

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NEW DELHI: The success notched by Indian investigative agencies in British courts can serve as a precedent in all other cases of economic offenders who are fugitives from law and whose extradition has been sought as well as a deterrent for those who might be planning to follow in their footsteps.
The UK high court turned turned down the plea of Nirav Modi to stop his extradition to India on the ground that his mental condition had deteriorated and that he might die by suicide.
It also accepted the assurances given by Modi government about the conditions at Arthur Road jail, where Nirav would be lodged once he comes back — as looks likely — noting that India isa “friendly country”.
The immediate consequence of the order against the fugitive diamond trader might be for fugitive arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari. After a successful run under UPA as an alleged middleman in arms deals, Bhandari lost his plea against extradition to India in London’s Westminister court and has now pinned hopes on the UK high court, taking a route which didn’t pan out well for Nirav.
Just like in the case of the diamond trader who may move the UK Supreme Court to stop being brought back to India to face law, the Westminister court stood by the assurances of Modi government as it rejected the attempt by the lawyer of Bhandari to paint India as a lawlesss land.
“India is a country governed byrule of law,” said the London court while rejecting Bhandari’s argument that government’s assurance about the conditions of Tihar Jail can’t be accepted. The court underlined that civil societies can access Indian prisons through the National Human Rights Commission, while courts can order inquires besides using their judicial discretion to give bail, a power that has been used in 60% of the cases.
No less important was the court’s statement about Prevention of Money Laundering Act and the Black Money Act.
It accepted Modi government’s position that the two laws have been enacted to align India with “international standards and to address the significant criminality arising from tax avoidance and money laundering”.

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