It appears that Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi are not the only fraudsters who fled the country. Billionaires to economic offenders are now seeking refuge in another country. In the fresh case, former finance minister P Chidambaram is missing to avoid interrogation. According to reports, since 2015 hundreds of cases of high profile scams are registered with Economic Offences Wing (EOW), Mumbai. Let’s have a look at the list of 5 fugitive economic offenders who are absconding from India.
1. P. Chidambaram: Member of parliament and former finance minister P. Chidambaram is missing from his home after two separate teams ED (Enforcement Directorate) and CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) reached his residence to interrogate him. This comes hours after Delhi High Court rejected his anticipatory bail in INX Media case.
2. Nirav Modi: The fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi is wanted by Interpol for the Punjab National Bank fraud, criminal conspiracy, money laundering, and embezzlement case for an amount up to USD 2 billion. Nirav Modi is currently under arrest in the United Kingdom.
3. Mehul Choksi: Enforcement Directorate, which is investigating the 13,000 crores alleged PNB fraud case of Nirav Modi has said that Mehul Choksi was ‘using several dummy firms’ to transfer funds for his personal advantage.
4. Lalit Modi: Former IPL chief Lalit Kumar created a multibillion-dollar industry through India’s most loved sport cricket. In 2010, ED accused Lalit Modi of corruption, money-laundering, signing contracts on behalf of BCCI and financial irregularities. Lalit Modi is absconded from India since 2010.
5. Vijay Mallya: Fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya fled India in 2016 after facing fraud and money laundering charges amounting to Rs 9,000 crore in India. Meanwhile, Westminster Court had already ordered the extradition of Vijay Mallya.