Nirav Modi did not hold more than one valid passport, says MEA

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The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on June 28 said that bank fraud fugitive Nirav Modi did not hold more than one valid passport.

While clarifying the widely spread reports that Modi held multiple passports, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “At no time, he had more than one valid passport in his possession. You are all aware that in February, based on the advice of our agencies, his passport was initially suspended and then revoked.” 

To end the speculations on Modi having six passports Kumar said, “Every time a fresh passport was issued to Modi, his previous passport was “physically” cancelled.”

Moreover, in a procedure to trace Modi “The MEA has written to several European countries seeking their help and also sent messages to all its missions abroad to get in touch with local governments to deny entry to Modi and inform India if he was residing there,” Kumar said.

Official Briefing:

1.       All Indian missions were informed about the revocation of Modi’s passport in February.

2.       A fresh communication has now been sent to a group of countries, seeking local government help to deny him (Modi) entry into their country.

3.       The Foreign Ministry has so far not received any extradition request for Modi from the agencies involved in probing Punjab National Bank financial scam case against Modi.