Interpol issued a global arrest warrant against Ami Modi, wife of Nirav Modi, the prime accused in the $2 billion PNB fraud case for money-laundering charges on Tuesday. The ‘red notice’ was issued at the request of Enforcement Directorate (ED), said officials.
Ami Modi has been charged with conspiracy and money-laundering charges with her husband Nirav Modi under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act over the $2 billion bank fraud at PNB branch in Mumbai. Ami is said to have fled the country in 2018 after the scam involving fake guarantees in the name of a state-run PNB to secure overseas loans was exposed. With the global arrest warrant issued, she can be now arrested or detained in 192 countries and then extradited to India. She was last seen in the U.S. in 2019.
Nirav Modi was declared a fugitive economic offender by a Mumbai court earlier this year and is currently lodged in a UK jail after being arrested in March 2019 and is fighting extradition to India. Rs 329 crore worth of Modi’s assets were confiscated after the court order. Modi’s uncle Mehul Choksi, the second accused who swindled over Rs 7080 crore is staying in Antigua to escape the legal proceedings.
Red Corner Notices have also been served against Nirav’s brother Nehal Modi who is a Belgian citizen and his sister Purvi Modi.