Now retired judge Katju defends Nirav Modi in UK court; opposes extradition; says justice system collapsed in India

NEWS KATJU NIRAV

NEW DELHI: Retired Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju, one of the self-appointed “conscience-keepers” of the nation, has intervened in a case linked to the deportation of Nirav Modi, against whom cases are pending in India for alleged financial frauds linked to bank loans etc. Katju defended Nirav Modi at the Westminster Magistrate’s Court in London, via video link from here.

Katju’s appearance before the court in defence of a businessman accused of major financial fraud has surprised and stunned many in India. Many felt, he was a “price” catch for Nirav Modi to defend him at this critical juncture, when the case is heading to a climax. The final word on the extradition is expected in December, but it could be dragged further by way of legal engagements. 

Katju claimed that he did not know what the real charges against Nirav Modi were, and also said if the accused was deported to India, he would not get justice here. Katju claimed that the justice dispensation system in India has “collapsed” and investigating agencies like the Enforcement Directorate and CBI were acting at the behest of their political masters.

Appearing via video link from New Delhi, Katju Katju said that when the government has made up its mind that Nirav Modi is a criminal, “how can we expect a fair trial?”

Nirav Modi is facing several charges of financial fraud including criminal conspiracy, corruption, moneylaundering, embezzlement etc since 2018.

The 49-year-old jeweller is wanted in India for trial in relation to the estimated two billion dollar Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case brought against him by the Indian government. -IHN-NN

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