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Nirav Modi did not make any statement in a London Court about bribing BJP leaders to abscond from India

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A post is being widely shared on social media claiming that Nirav Modi had confessed in a London court that he had bribed BJP leaders 1300 crores in order to abscond from the country. Let us fact-check the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be seen here.

Claim: Nirav Modi made a statement in London Court about bribing BJP leaders with 1300 crores to abscond from India.

Fact: Nirav Modi’s London Court proceedings and his whereabouts were covered in many news articles. There was no mention of any such statement made by Nirav Modi. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.

We searched for news articles about any such statement made by Nirav Modi linking his leaving the country to BJP leaders but found none. A news article published by the Business Standard says that Nirav Modi is currently in jail at the Wandsworth Prison in southwest London. According to the news article, a UK Court on 25 February 2021 allowed the extradition of Modi to India, and UK’s Home Secretary Priti Patel signed the extradition order clearing the path for his extradition. However, Nirav Modi had appealed the court order alleging he will not receive a fair trial in India. In March 2019, Nirav Modi was arrested in central London by UK authorities, reports of which can be seen here and here. None of the news articles mention anything about Nirav Modi’s statement in London Court about bribing BJP leaders for absconding from India.

FACTLY had earlier debunked similar claims shared in 2019 about Nirav Modi’s statement on bribing BJP/ Congress leaders to abscond from India.

To sum it up, Nirav Modi made no statement in a London Court about bribing BJP leaders with 1300 crores to abscond from India.

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