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While fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi has an extradition and Interpol red corner notice against him, he is reportedly living a life of luxury in London.

A spokesman for India's foreign ministry said the government knew that Modi was in London.

The government can not extradite Nirav Modi just because he has been spotted in London, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar, told ANI in an interview.

India had asked Britain in August to extradite Modi, one of the main suspects charged in the $2 billion loan fraud at state-run Punjab National Bank (PNB), India's biggest banking fraud.

Fugitive diamond jeweller Nirav Modi lives in a £8 million three-bedroom flat in London's West End, the United Kingdom daily The Telegraph reported Saturday.

Not easily recognisable, Modi was dressed in a pink shirt, jacket and was sporting a handlebar moustache. "Nirav Modi appears to have adopted a surprisingly nonchalant attitude to his fugitive status, walking his small dog each day between his apartment and the diamond company's office in a townhouse in Soho, just a few hundred yards from his Centre Point home,"a report by The Telegraph claimed".

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Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi are the main accused in Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam and they both left India before the details of the fraud came to light in January 2018.

He added, "At repeated intervals, a request for expediting the extradition has been done".

Though Modi's bank accounts in India have been frozen and an Interpol red notice has been issued against him, the fugitive has become involved in a new diamond business in Soho locality, the daily said.

"The business, which was incorporated last May, is linked to his flat in Centre Point although he is not listed as a director at Companies House", the Telegraph reported, wondering how Modi's presence remained unnoticed by the British authorities.

Security guards stand inside a Nirav Modi showroom during a raid by the Enforcement Directorate, a government agency that fights financial crime, in New Delhi, India, February 15, 2018. Nirav is apparently in contact with a wealth management firm in west London, which is famous for offering advice to rich foreigners. Several reporters were seen trying to speak to him, but Modi constantly refuses to take their questions with a "no comment" retort.

The newspaper said Nirav was wearing a £10,000 jacket, made from ostrich hide, when he was approached in the street.

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