London: In the extradition case of Nirav Modi, his lawyers told the High Court in London on Wednesday that the ‘pervasive’ impact of Kovid-19 in Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail will increase his chances of committing suicide. . Nirav is likely to be kept in this jail after being extradited to India.
Earlier when the hearing began, Nirav’s lawyers argued in favor of allowing an appeal against the extradition order by District Judge Sam Goose in February and approved by UK Home Minister Priti Patel in April.
p style="text-align: justify;">During the hearing of the fresh petition before Justice Martin Chamberlain, Nirav’s lawyers requested a full court hearing on the ground that extradition would not be appropriate in view of his mental state as he may commit suicide.
Nirav’s lawyer Edward Fitzgerald argued that Judge Goose erred in favoring his extradition in February. The judges came to the conclusion that Nirav’s severe depression was not unusual in view of his imprisonment and showed no tendency to commit suicide.
Fitzgerald said, “The District Judge made a mistake in ruling that there was nothing abnormal in the mental state of the petitioner (Nirav) and it was wrong to draw a conclusion based on his current condition.” Fitzgerald said that the judge himself Came to the conclusion that the condition of Arthur Road Mumbai Jail would be better than Wandsworth Jail.
Nirav’s lawyers referred to the report of forensic psychiatrist Dr. Andrew Forrester, which was presented earlier in the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London. Forrester had said in the report of 27 August 2020 that not at the moment but there is a danger of increasing suicidal tendencies in Nirav. Lawyers said that the health system was badly affected due to the Kovid-19 epidemic.
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