Nirav Modi faces politically biased trial in India, having mental health issues, alleges his legal team
The 49-year-old fugitive diamond merchant is fighting extradition charges related to the estimated USD 2-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case.
The video was similar to the one shot back in 2018 in relation to the extradition case against former Kingfisher Airlines boss Vijay Mallya, who is also to be held in Barrack 12.
Meanwhile, Nirav Modi observed the proceedings from a room in his Wandsworth Prison cell in south-west London, frequently referring to documents before him and making notes.
At a scheduled hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, District Judge agreed the timetable for the second leg of Modi's extradition trial scheduled between September 7 and 11.
There was also a direction to freeze their assets. The tribunal's ruling had come on a petition filed by the corporate affairs ministry.
The 49-year-old jeweller, who has been lodged at Wandsworth Prison in south-west London since his arrest in March last year, appeared via videolink before District Judge.
In May, District Judge Samuel Goozee presided over the first part of the extradition trial, held in a partial remote setting due to the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
The agency till now has attached assets worth Rs 2,348 crore of Nirav Modi under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Based on a request from Indian agencies, the Interpol had issued a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against Nehal Modi and put it up for public viewing to enable gathering of information about him.
Thipsay is now playing the victim card, saying he is being targeted because he heard cases like the Best Bakery retrial.
The ruling party cited the statement of a former high court judge, who is also a Congress member, in the arrested diamond merchant's defence to attack the opposition party.
The jeweller remains behind bars at Wandsworth Prison in south-west London since then, failing to get bail despite repeated attempts.
But Modi's defence team has raised objections to the late submission as a "very troubling" and "highly contentious" move.
CPS barrister Malcolm told the court that between 2011 and 2018, Modi had stolen "eye-watering" sums of money under the pretext of importing pearls into India.
The first day of the case focussed on the CPS setting out the arguments to establish a prima facie case of fraud and money laundering against Modi