File image of Nirav Modi. (Source: PTI)

Hong Kong Can Take Decision On Nirav Modi’s Arrest, Says China

China today said that Hong Kong could accede to India’s request to arrest fugitive Indian diamond merchant Nirav Modi based on local laws and mutual judicial assistance agreements.

India’s Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh told parliament last week that “the ministry has sought the provisional arrest of Nirav Deepak Modi by the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the People’s Republic of China.”

“According to the one country two systems and basic law of the HKSAR, under the assistance and authorisation of the central government, the HKSAR can make proper arrangement on mutual judicial assistance with other countries,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a media briefing when asked about India’s request.

“If India makes a relevant request to the HKSAR, we believe the HKSAR will follow the basic law and relevant laws and under relevant judicial agreements with India with the relevant issue,” he added.

Modi, who is wanted in connection with the 12,700-crore scam at the Punjab National Bank, is reportedly in Hong Kong which is a special administrative region of China.

Modi has his shop in Hong Kong besides in Beijing.