LONDON: A UK court rejected Nirav Modi’s second bail application on Friday, saying there are “substantial grounds” to believe the fugitive diamantaire will fail to surrender.
Looking more dishevelled and dressed in a similar white shirt as his first court appearance last week, the 48-year-old was brought to the dock to be produced before Westminster Magistrates Court Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot and sat behind a glass enclosure as the hearing got underway.
Rejecting Modi’s bail plea after hearing both defence and prosecution, Judge Arbuthnot said his attempt to try and seek citizenship of Vanuatu, a remote island country located in the South Pacific Ocean, shows he was trying to move away from India at an important time.
“There are substantial grounds to believe he will fail to surrender,” said the judge, who fixed April 26 as the next date of hearing. (AGENCIES)