ED seeks NBW against Choksi, permission to search Nirav Modi's house
March 01, 2018  22:24
The Enforcement Directorate today moved a special court in Mumbai seeking a non-bailable warrant against Gitanjali Gems' promoter Mehul Choksi, a key accused in the alleged Rs 12,700 crore PNB scam.

It also moved another court seeking permission to search the south Mumbai residence of billionaire diamond merchant Nirav Modi, a co-accused in the Punjab National Bank scam.

"We issued three summonses to Choksi, he neither responded to those summonses nor appeared before the agency," special ED prosecutor Hiten Venegaonkar told the court for the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) cases in Mumbai.

On February 27, the agency had moved the court seeking an NBW against Nirav Modi. Judge M S Azmi is likely to pass orders on both the pleas on Saturday.

The ED today also petitioned the special Central Bureau of Investigation court in Mumbai for permission to conduct searches at Nirav Modi's residence in Samudra Mahal building in south Mumbai.

Venegaonkar told CBI judge S R Tamboli that the agency has searched the residence and sealed it.

"We (ED) need permission to search his residence," the lawyer said.

The CBI had not searched three cupboards in the house, and the ED may be allowed to conduct a joint inspection of these cupboards with the CBI, the lawyer said.

The CBI court is likely to pass an order on March 3.

Meanwhile, judge Tamboli today remanded PNB's internal chief auditor M K Sharma in CBI custody till March 13.

Sharma was arrested yesterday.  -- PTI
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