Politics and Nation

Meet India's league of extraordinary offenders

Nirav ModiBCCL
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Nirav Modi
A $1.77 billion fraud at India's second-biggest state-run lender Punjab National Bank has stunned the country's financial sector. The alleged fraud, by far the biggest ever detected by a local bank, is centred around companies linked to a billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi.
Forty-six-year old Nirav Modi, who holds an Indian passport, left the country on January 1, while his brother Nishal, a Belgian citizen, departed from the country on same day.
Vijay MallyaBCCL
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Vijay Mallya
Vijay Mallya, the embattled liquor baron wanted in India on charges of fraud and money laundering has defaulted on bank loans over Rs 9,000 crore and left India more than a year ago using a diplomatic passport. He currently stays in London.
Mallya had been arrested on an extradition warrant by Scotland Yard in April last year and has since been appearing for the extradition trial, which opened on December 4 last year to establish if he can be forced to return to India to face charges of fraud and money laundering involving Kingfisher Airlines.
Lalit ModiGetty Images
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Lalit Modi
Lalit Modi had come to London in 2010 amid claims that the IPL cricket tournament was embroiled in alleged match-fixing and illegal betting. His Indian passport was later revoked, leaving him grounded in the UK.
Lalit Modi fled from the country to seek asylum in the United Kingdom citing threats from Underworld. The ED is probing Modi, the IPL and its executives for alleged violation of anti-money laundering laws after registering a criminal FIR in 2012.
Sanjay BhandariOthers
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Sanjay Bhandari
The ED had booked controversial arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari, reported to have left India for a foreign location, under criminal charges of the PMLA law in February 2017 as also under the FEMA.
Bhandari's case first came to light after the I-T department conducted searches against him in April 2016 and recovered certain "sensitive" official defence documents from his premises.
Deepak TalwarOthers
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Deepak Talwar
Corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar is under the Income Tax Department's lens for receiving kickbacks worth around Rs 1,000 crores.
According to I-T officials, Talwar was also instrumental in securing approvals for foreign airlines. The lobbyist is facing five prosecution complaints filed by the I-T Dept.
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