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Nirav Modi’s US-based stepbrother Nehal “disappeared” with 50kg gold jewellery from a Dubai


After the scam broke, Nehal realised that investigating agencies would try to stall the shifting of the jewellery from Dubai. He acted swiftly and moved it to a safer location, sources said. Nehal is based in the US and was associated with Gitanjali Gems, one of Mehul Choksi’s firms.

Nirav Modi’s US-based stepbrother Nehal “disappeared” with 50kg gold jewellery from a Dubai safe house as soon as he learned that the CBI had registered a cheating case against the diamond trader for defrauding Punjab National Bank (PNB), according to investigators. The jewellery was stocked for sale through Modi’s retail outlets abroad, said officials.

Nehal was not named as an accused by the CBI but the Enforcement Directorate(ED) has now cited him for allegedly playing a significant role in laundering the proceeds of bank funds siphoned out of India by his brother, a source said. Nehal is one of 24 accused named in the chargesheet submitted to a special court in Mumbai on Thursday by the ED.

Choksi, Nirav Modi’s uncle, also planned to ferry 34,000 gold and diamond pieces from a Dubai safe house.

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Choksi’s attempt to ferry gold and diamonds from Dubai was thwarted by ED officials, who coerced one of his employees to bring it back into the country before attaching it.

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