Seven months after India sought the extradition of jeweller Nirav Modi from the UK, two journalists of The Daily Telegraph spotted him on a London Street.
Sporting a moustache and scraggy beard probably to escape public notice, Modi declined to answer their questions.
The Telegraph reportsaid Modi is living in a $10.4 million rented apartment in London’s West End adding that he may paying a monthly rent of $17,000.
The report said Modi is also running a diamond business in Soho.
It comes a day after Indian authorities razed Modi’s mansion at Kihim beach in the western state of Maharashtra.
Modi, 48, fled India last year after defrauding Punjab National Bank of $1,9 billion. The Interpol had issued a Red Corner notice against him by asking its member countries to arrest him if he is spotted in their countries and initiate extradition proceedings.
According to India’s external affairs ministry, UK’s Home Secretary Sajid Javid has forwarded the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) extradition request to the designated court to consider legal proceedings against him. So far, the UK authorities have not taken any action against Modi.
Reports said the ED and Central Bureau of Investigation officials will visit London to push for Modi’s extradition.
Modi committed the bank fraud when the previous, Congress-led government was in power. The fraud was exposed after the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government took over the reins in 2014.
With their eye on the forthcoming polls, Congress party continued their attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi while remaining silent on why most of Nirav Modi’s fraudulent bank dealings happened under their regime.