The 49-year-old jeweller, needed in India on expenses of fraud and cash laundering within the estimated USD 2-billion Punjab Nationwide Financial institution (PNB) rip-off case, additional remanded in custody throughout a routine call-over listening to held by way of videolink at Westminster Magistrates’ Courtroom in London.
He’s anticipated to look once more by way of videolink from his jail in south-west London for the following scheduled listening to in his ongoing extradition trial on November 3.
“I’m adjourning the case for the following listening to on November Three within the extradition case that has been half heard,” stated District Decide Karim Ezzat.
On the subsequent listening to, the courtroom can be offered with arguments to find out the admissibility of the proof supplied by the Indian authorities.
There may be at the very least one additional last listening to within the case, anticipated both in December or early subsequent yr, for closing submissions by each side.
A judgment within the case is anticipated solely after the closing submissions.
Modi, in the meantime, stays at Wandsworth Jail, the place he has been lodged since his arrest in March final yr.
At a five-day listening to held final month, Justice Samuel Goozee presided over arguments for and in opposition to the case for his extradition introduced by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED).
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), arguing on behalf of the Indian authorities, performed movies in courtroom in assist of extra expenses of Modi’s disruption of the CBI’s investigation by inflicting the disappearance of proof and prison intimidation of witnesses.
Assurances of ample jail circumstances have been additionally supplied by the Indian authorities, together with extra commitments of acceptable psychological well being look after Modi on being extradited.
The defence staff, led by barrister Clare Montgomery, sought to not solely set up that Modi’s actions associated to PNB-issued letters of endeavor (LoUs) didn’t quantity to fraud but in addition deposed witnesses to spotlight his fragile psychological well being situation and a excessive danger of suicide.
The defence has claimed that the circumstances at Barrack 12 in Arthur Street Jail in Mumbai, the place Modi is to be held on being extradited, don’t meet the UK courtroom’s human rights standards.
The primary set of hearings within the case occurred in Could, with the hearings final month finishing the method to determine a prima facie case and decide if the jeweller has a case to reply earlier than the Indian courts.