The central probe agency said it has issued a provisional order for attachment of the assets, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), and seized a Rs 81.16 crore valued penthouse (created by joining three flats) and a flat worth Rs 15.45 crore in the sea-facing Samudra Mahal apartments in the South Mumbai's Worli.
"21 immovable properties of Nirav Modi and companies controlled by him, with a market value of Rs 523.72 crore, have been provisionally attached.
While the agency had earlier seized gems, diamonds, jewellery, shares, bank deposits and costly cars in this case since it registered a criminal case under PMLA on February 14, this is the first major action to seize immovable assets.
However, the Samudra Mahal properties and two other flats in Pune's Hadapsar are in the name of Nirav Modi and his wife Ami, the assets attached in the pricey Kalaghoda and Opera House in Mumbai are in the name of Nirav Modi's diamond firm-- Firestarter Diamond International Private Limited.
A farmhouse and adjoining land, worth over Rs 42.70 crore, in the Kihim area of beach-side Alibaug of the Nirav Modi Trust has also been attached.
Two office properties, worth about Rs 80 crore, in the name of Mark Business Enterprises Private Limited in the Lower Parel area of Mumbai have also been attached.
The agency has also summoned Nirav Modi, Ami, his uncle and Gitanjali Gems promoter Mehul Choski for questioning in the case on February 26.
Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and others are being investigated by the ED and other probe agencies after the fraud recently came to light, following a complaint by the Punjab National Bank that they allegedly cheated the nationalised bank to the tune of Rs 11,400 crore, with the purported involvement of a few employees of the bank.
The CBI and the ED have registered two FIRs each to probe the case. Both Nirav Modi and Mehul Choski are said to have left the country before criminal cases were lodged against them.
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