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New Delhi: Neeshal Modi, the younger brother of fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi has written to Enforcement Directorate (ED), distancing himself from his brother’s actions and said that he had no knowledge of it. Neeshal Modi had written the e-mail to the ED 11 months ago saying that being Nirav Modi’s brother he always had the belief that his brother will always carry out his business in a legitimate fashion and that he never had knowledge of any alleged criminal activities.

He added that he is neither an owner nor a shareholder/beneficiary of Nirav’s wealth and that he always and only received remuneration in the form of a fixed salary.
Antwerp-based Neeshal Modi has also submitted a forensic report of self-appointed Belgium-based independent auditing firm Van Den Keybus Van Der Jeught.
The forensic audit by the firm has given a clean chit to Neeshal and his firm Firestar Diamond which is based out of Belgium.

The report says that all transactions of Firestar Diamond BVBA were authentic, genuine and with legitimate documentary evidence such as invoices and shipping papers. The ED has rejected the forensic audit report and has raised a question on its authenticity.

Meanwhile, the sources have said that Neeshal Modi is trying to save himself and to do so Neeshal appointed an auditor who was paid by him. He is trying to self-certify himself. And that the forensic audit is not backed by any evidence and is based on the documents and ‘facts’ presented by Neeshal Modi himself.

Neeshal Modi is one of the prime accused and co-conspirator in the PNB scam along with Nirav Modi. He was a partner in the firm in India through which fraudulent LOUs (letters of undertaking) were obtained. He also was a beneficial owner of a few dummy entities and the recipient of LoUs in Dubai and Hong Kong.

Accordingly, he was made accused in the prosecution complaint filed in May 2018. The extradition request for Neeshal was sent to the UAE as it was initially suspected that he was in Dubai. Neeshal Modi is a Belgian citizen and Belgium does not extradite his citizens.
The sources also raised the question on the timing of the e-mail leak. Neeshal Modi appointed an auditor, paid him for the audit report, wrote an e-mail to ED 11 months ago and since then they have been trying to leak the mail.


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Andhra doctor, suspended for alleging PPE shortage, now beaten by cops for ‘creating nuisance’

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Bengaluru: A doctor with a government hospital in Andhra Pradesh, who was suspended for questioning the shortage of PPE kits, was admitted to a mental health facility Sunday, a day after he was allegedly manhandled by the police and arrested for creating nuisance in Visakhapatnam.

Dr Sudhakar Rao, a government civil surgeon, was beaten, his hands tied behind his back and dragged by police officers Sunday. During the incident, Sudhakar allegedly verbally abused the Jagan Mohan Reddy government in an inebriated state. Videos of the incident have since been widely shared online.

“The police control room received a call about a person creating nuisance on Beach Road Hospital in Visakhapatnam. The Fourth Town police was rushed there and found that the person was the suspended doctor, Sudhakar.

“When the police tried to control him, he snatched the mobile phone of an officer and threw it away. He is suffering from mental disorder and he was drunk. He was sent for a medical examination,” Vishakapatnam Police Commissioner R.K. Meena told the media Sunday.

Sudhakar was admitted to a mental hospital Sunday after doctors at the King George Hospital in Vishakapatnam said he suffered from anxiety.

“Since the doctor is in anxiety and talking irrelevant things, I have referred him to a mental care hospital in Visakhapatnam,” said Dr Radha Rani, medical superintendent, King George Hospital.

A statement released by the hospital said: “Dr Sudhakar was brought to the KGH casualty ward at 6.30 pm. From the smell, it was found that he was in a drunk condition. Under the influence of alcohol, he did not cooperate with anybody there and kept abusing all. Still, his pulse, BP were checked. Pulse was 98, BP 140/100. Blood samples were sent to forensic lab to ascertain alcohol content in his blood.”


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‘Treatment towards Sudhakar was inhuman’

Sudhakar, who spent more than 10 years at the Narsipatnam Government Hospital in Andhra Pradesh, was suspended from his duties in March after he openly criticised the Reddy government for failing to provide PPE kits and N95 masks to doctors treating Covid-19 patients.

He had alleged that the state government was giving N95 masks and PPE kits meant for doctors to politicians and the police.

A video of Sudhakar criticising the government was also shared widely. In the clip, he can be heard saying: “We are putting our lives at risk here. We are asked to use the same mask for 15 days and a fresh mask will be provided only twice a month.”

Speaking to ThePrint, Dr P. Gangadhar Rao, member of the National COVID Committee of the Indian Medical Association, said the manner in which Sudhakar was manhandled by the police was “inhuman” and “violated” human rights.

“We strongly condemn the way he was taken into custody. He was not carrying a weapon, he was alone, the number of policemen outnumbered him. Why treat him like that? We also saw a video where a policeman beats him with a lathi,” said Dr Gangadhar.

He added that Rao was one of the most experienced anaesthetists the Andhra Pradesh government had.

“Our next step of action is to get Sudhakar to write an unconditional apology for having used filthy language, abusing the chief minister and the government. We will then take our appeal to the CM seeking that he be reinstated,” Gangadhar said.


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