Nirav, Choksi, Mallya Among 36 Businesspersons Absconding Abroad: Govt.

Modi, his brother, wife and a business partner have been booked by the CBI for allegedly cheating Punjab National Bank (PNB) of more than hundreds of crores in 2017.

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NEW DELHI: Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi, Vijay Mallya and Mehul Choksi are among 36 businesspersons who have absconded abroad after being named in scams or massive loan defaults, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the Parliament here on Wednesday. Against some of them, M J Akbar, Minister of State, Ministry of External Affairs, said the government has sent extradition requests to concerned foreign countries.

In a written reply to the question of some Members of Lok Sabha regarding the absconding businesspersons, Akbar provided two lists of absconding businesspersons – one prepared by Directorate of Enforcement, New Delhi and another provided by CBI.

List of 12 Absconding Businesspersons Involved in Cases under Investigation by Directorate of Enforcement:

(i) Mr. Vijay Mallya

(ii) Mr. Jatin Mehta

(iii) Mr. Lalit Modi

(iv) Mr. Nirav Modi

(v) Mr. Mehul Choksi

(vi) Mr. Ritesh Jain

(vii) Mr. Sanjay Bhandari

(viii) Mr. Nitin Jayantilal Sandesara

(ix) Mr. Chetan Jayantilal Sandesara

(x) Mr. Dharminder Singh Anand

(xi) Mr. Ashish Jobanputra

(xii) Ms. Priti Jobanputra

List of 31 Absconding Businesspersons Involved in Cases under Investigation by CBI:

(i) Mr. Vijay Mallya

(ii) Mr. Soumit Jena

(iii) Mr. Vijaykumar Revabhai Patel

(iv) Mr. Sunil Ramesh Rupani

(v) Mr. Pushpesh Kumar Baid

(vi) Mr. Surender Singh

(vii) Mr. Angad Singh

(viii) Mr. Harsahib Singh

(ix) Ms. Harleen Kaur

(x) Mr. Ashish Jobanputra

(xi) Mr. Jatin Mehta

(xii) Mr. Nirav Modi

(xiii) Mr. Neeshal Modi

(xiv) Mrs. Ami Nirav Modi

(xv) Mr. Mehul Choksi

(xvi) Mr. Chetan Jayantilal Sandesara

(xvii) Ms. Dipti Chetan Sandesara

(xviii) Mr. Nitin Jayantilal Sandesara

(xix) Mr. Sabhya Seth

(xx) Mr. Nilesh Parrekh

(xxi) Mr. Umesh Parekh

(xxii) Mr. Sunny Kalra

(xxiii) Ms. Aarti Kalra

(xxiv) Mr. Sanjay Kalra

(xxv) Mrs. Varsha Kalra

(xxvi) Mr. Hemant Gandhi

(xxvii) Mr. Ishwarbhai Bhat

(xxviii) Mr. M.G. Chandrasakhar

(xxix) Mr. Cheriya Vannarakkal Sudeer

(xxx) Mr. Nausha Kadeejath

(xxxi) Mr. Cheriya Veettil Sadique

Seven of these businesspersons absconding abroad appear in the lists of both ED and CBI.

To the question about action taken by the Government so far to bring the absconding businesspersons back to the country, the minister said: “The Ministry of External Affairs received extradition requests from CBI in respect of Mr. Vijay Mallya, Mr. Ashish Jobanputra, Mr. Pushpesh Kumar Baid, Mr. Sanjay Kalra, Mrs. Varsha Kalra and Mrs. Arti Kalra which have been sent to the concerned foreign countries for their consideration. The extradition request from CBI in respect of Mr. Sunny Kalra is under process by the Ministry of External Affairs.”

He further said that the Government has decided to introduce the ‘Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018’ in the Parliament. “The Bill would help in laying down measures to deter fugitive economic offenders from evading the process of Indian law. The Bill, inter alia, provides for expeditious confiscation of proceeds of crime and properties of the fugitive economic offender with a view to make him submit to the jurisdiction of courts in India.”

The government, however, has not provided financial details of the cases in which these 36 absconding businesspersons are involved.

The cases of Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi alone, which came to light last month, involved more than Rs 20,000 crores.


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