NEW DELHI : Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi failed in his second attempt to get bail in his extradition case at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court here despite his defence team trying hard to establish his close ties to the UK, including having to care for a pet dog.
Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot on Friday declined the bail application of the 48-year-old prime accused in the $1-2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case on the grounds that he did pose a “substantial” flight risk and that he lacked “community ties” with the UK.
Clare Montgomery, Modi’s barrister, made a series of offers to try and convince the judge to grant bail.
“He did have a son at Charterhouse (school in London) who has now gone to university in the States and as a sign of ageing parents, led Modi to get a dog instead. None of these actions are emblematic of someone setting out to flee the country,” Montgomery claimed. Britain has a long-held reputation as a nation of animal lovers.