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Nirav Modi proclaimed 'fugitive economic offender'

December 05, 2019 12:24 PM

MUMBAI:In a boost for Indian investigating agencies, a special PMLA court here proclaimed absconding diamantaire Nirav Modi, one of the prime accused in the Rs 13, 500 crore Punjab National Bank scam of 2017, as a 'fugitive economic offender' here on Thursday.

"With this, he becomes only the second accused so far under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act (FEOA) to have been declared a 'fugitive economic offender' after another accused, Vijay Mallya, " Special Counsel for Enforcement Directorate (ED) Hiten Venegaonkar told IANS.

The significant order came a day after his uncle and co-accused in the PNB scam - Mehul Choksi - suffered a huge setback when the Bombay High Court rejected his plea to stay the special PMLA court proceedings where the ED is seeking to declare him as a 'fugitive economic offender'.

Liquor baron and former chief of Kingfisher Airlines, Mallya, was declared a 'fugitive economic offender' by a Mumbai special court in January this year.

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