U.K. High Court to hear evidence from psychiatrists on Nirav Modi’s suicide risk

Modi is wanted in India to face charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to an estimated $2billion in PNB loan scam case

Modi is wanted in India to face charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to an estimated $2billion in PNB loan scam case

The High Court in London will hear evidence from two psychiatrists on their differing views over the level of suicide risk posed by fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi if he were to be extradited to India, a two-judge panel ruled on Tuesday at a continuation appeal hearing.

Lord Justice Jeremy Stuart-Smith and Justice Robert Jay concluded that three days, expected in October, will be set aside for a substantial hearing to address a change in the “evidential landscape” in the extradition case involving the 51-year-old diamond merchant.

He is wanted in India to face charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to an estimated $2 billion in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) loan scam case and had lodged an appeal last year against a lower court’s extradition order on mental health grounds.

“If even a significant proportion of this evidence is admissible, the evidential landscape has changed substantially since the District Judge’s decision (in favour of extradition),” said Lord Justice Stuart-Smith, with reference to the “massive material” presented as evidence in the case.

The court noted a “difference of opinion” between two psychiatrists who gave their expert opinion on Mr. Modi’s mental health and directed the…

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