London: Jailed diamantaire Nirav Modi told a UK court on Wednesday that he was beaten up “three times” in prison and threatened to kill himself if his extradition to India is ordered, but still a UK judge refused to grant him bail.
The 49 year-old appeared at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court with his barrister Hugo Keith QC, who made a fifth bail application.
Nirav, accused of defrauding Punjab National Bank of more than Rs 9,100 crore is in custody ahead of his extradition trial from May 11 to 15, 2020.
Keith claimed that Nirav was beaten twice in Wandsworth prison in April and most recently on Tuesday. Keith also claimed that the prison service failed to respond to the assault and Nirav’s request to see a counsellor was also denied.
“Nirav Modi has wrongly been called a ‘billionaire diamantaire’ in the press so such assaults will happen again,” Keith said.
In evidence submitted to the court, Nirav said he would kill himself if his extradition to India was ordered and expressed his apprehension that he would not get a fair trial in India.