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Nirav’s lawyers had requested the court that in view of his mental state, extradition would not be right.
New Delhi. The High Court of the United Kingdom (UK) has given a big relief to the fugitive diamond trader Nirav Modi. The court has allowed Nirav Modi to file an appeal against extradition to India on grounds of mental health. Nirav’s lawyers had requested the court that in view of his mental state, extradition would not be right.
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Judge Martin Chamberlain said in his decision that Nirav Modi’s lawyers have expressed concern about his mental health and the possibility of suicide. These concerns are deserving of debate at the hearing. The judge said the crucial issue of the ability to successfully prevent suicide attempts at Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail comes under debate.
logically up for debate
He said that in this situation the question for him is whether the appellant’s case is logically up for debate on these grounds or not. ‘It is so in my opinion. I will allow Nirav Modi to appeal against extradition to India under grounds 3 and 4. It is noteworthy that Judge Martin Chamberlain referred to grounds three and four in his decision relating to fitness for appeal.
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increased risk of suicidal ideation
Nirav’s lawyers had referred to the report of forensic psychiatrist Dr. Andrew Forrester. Forrester said in the report of 27 August 2020 that not at present, but there is a high risk of increasing suicidal tendencies in Nirav. According to lawyers, the health system has deteriorated badly due to the corona epidemic. On the extradition order of Home Minister Priti Patel, the lawyers argued that they should not believe the assurance of the Government of India.