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Court directs Nirav Modi to submit questions regarding Mumbai jail

The Indian government, through its representative, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), has to file its response to Nirav Modi’s questions by December 23…reports Asian Lite News.

The High Court on Tuesday instructed diamontaire Nirav Modi’s counsel to submit questions to the Government of India by December 20. The court was hearing the plea filed by Nirav Modi against his extradition to India on grounds he would be at a risk of committing suicide if sent to India.

The Indian government, through its representative, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), has to file its response to Nirav Modi’s questions by December 23.

The UK High Court will take up this matter in January 2022. Two senior officers of the CBI and ED were in London today to assist the CPS in the legal case and counter Nirav Modi’s allegations.

The two bench court in London on Tuesday heard the matter.

In a fresh appeal in August this year, Nirav Modi raised the issue of poor conditions of Indian jails which can increase the risk of depression, leading to his suicide. Nirav Modi’s lawyers had earlier argued that Arthur Road Jail is overcrowded and it does not have sufficient medical facilities which can prevent a prisoner from committing suicide.

He had earlier told the court through his lawyers that if extradited to India, he would be at immediate risk of suicide.

Indian agencies through CPS had earlier told the court that if Nirav Modi is extradited then medical assistance and medical facilities will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Four medical officers along with four nursing orderlies and two pharmacists will be available for any emergency. A prison hospital with 20 beds is also available at Arthur Road jail and outside experts can come in when required. Also, there is a public hospital within 3 km of the prison.

India was able to convince the court earlier that Nirav Modi, if sent to India, would be given good meals three times a day and the prison would try and accommodate special dietary considerations. Home food will be allowed with the permission of the court. A canteen is available to provide toiletries, mineral water and snacks, and Modi will be given a fresh supply of bananas daily.

Currently, Nirav Modi is lodged in a London jail since March 2019 at the request of the Indian government.

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