Nirav Modi Files Safe, Not Gutted in I-T Fire Accident

Nirav Modi Files Safe, Not Gutted in I-T Fire Accident

Responding to the widespread media reports that crucial documents of economic offender Nirav Modi were burnt in a fire accident that broke out in the Income-Tax Office in Mumbai, the government issued a statement that the records related to the PNB fraud investigation into the Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi case are safe. The government said the records are not destroyed in the fire as they were transferred out before a fire broke out in the Income Tax Office in Mumbai.

"News reports have been appearing in some sections of the media alleging that records and documents relating to investigation into the Nirav Modi (and) Mehul Choksi case have been destroyed in the Scindia House fire in Income Tax Office in Mumbai," the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said in a statement.

"It is hereby clarified that the said reports are completely false and misdirected," the statement from CBDT added.

The CBDT further clarified that the documents and records of the ongoing investigations into the case had already been transferred to the assessment units housed in different buildings as part of the assessment process.

"Apprehensions about any loss or damage to the records and documents relating to the Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi case in the said fire at the IT Office are, therefore, misplaced," the statement said.

The Income Tax Department is investigating the over Rs 13,400 crore banking fraud, allegedly committed by multi billionaire diamantaire Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi during 2011-2017.