In a bizarre turn of events, after media reports of Nirav Modi's presence in London, the jeweller seems to have disappeared, as he slipped through the nets again to reach Brussels, as reported by the Times of India.
The diamond merchant, wanted in India for commiting a bank fraud to the tune of nearly 2.2 millions, is said to be crossing the UK border freely. This may be possible if Modi has been using a Singapore passport, not his Indian one.
After the media reports of Modi trying to seek political asylum in London, the CBI moved Interpol on Monday for a red corner notice. The following day, a Mumbai court issued a non-bailable warrant against the diamantaire and his family members, including his brother Nishal who is a Belgian national.
"He travelled to Brussels on Tuesday or Wednesday, straight after the story revealing he was in Mayfair," a source close to the Indian government said, as quoted by TOI.
Sources at the Indian high commission in London told TOI they did not know whether Nirav Modi was using an Indian passport. "Money can buy anything," they said when asked how he might have a Singapore passport.