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Nirav Modi's Sister and Brother-in-Law to Testify Against Him in PNB Scam

Special judge V.C. Barde allowed their applications for pardon on condition that they make full and true disclosures, said news reports.

New Delhi: A special court in Mumbai has allowed Purvi Modi, sister of Nirav Modi, and her husband to testify against the fugitive diamond merchant in two cases filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after a special court in Mumbai allowed their application for grant of pardon in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam case, news reports said.

The Indian Express in its report noted that special judge V.C. Barde allowed their applications for pardon on condition that they make full and true disclosures.

“The position of the accused (Purvi Modi) in this case after tender of pardon is that she shall be marked as approver,” the court said.

Purvi, a Belgian national, and Maiank Mehta, a British national were named as co-accused in a money laundering case related to the scam.

They submitted that their personal and professional lives had come to a “standstill” because of Nirav Modi’s “alleged criminal activities”, and they want to distance themselves from him and could provide “substantial” details about him, according to the report.

“The accused staying abroad presently shall be directed to present herself before the court, for which purpose the prosecution shall take necessary steps,” the court order said.

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In her application for pardon, Purvi Modi said that she was not a prime accused and has been attributed only a limited role by the investigating agency.

She has so far fully co-operated with the ED by providing all requisite information and documents, she said.

On account of being Nirav Modi’s sister, she was in a unique position to provide “substantial and important evidence, information, proof, and documents and access to bank accounts, assets, companies and entities that are relevant to Nirav Modi and his actions/dealings”, the plea said.

As per the investigating agency, Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, in connivance with certain bank officials, cheated PNB to the tune of Rs 14,000 crore by obtaining letters of undertaking (LoUs) fraudulently.

(With inputs from PTI)