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Viral Claim: 

NIRAV MODI STATEMENT IN LONDON COURT ‘’ I  was threatened by Congress leaders to escape and run away from India I paid them a commission of Rs 456 Cr to Congress leaders @RahulGandhi is this true? If not why @KapilSibal was rushed to London when NIRAV got arrested?’’

Facts Check: Fake

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चौकीदार #GauravPradhan 🇮🇳 (@DrGPradhan) March 31, 2019

Fact Check Analysis

The news doing the round in social media that fugitive the most wanted diamantaire Nirav Modi had testified that he was forced by The Congress leader to escape from India For this, he had paid Rs 456 crore as a commission to BJP leaders. not made any such statement in the London court, where a trial regarding his extradition to India is currently underway. Modi is a prime accused in the Rs.11000 crore PNB scam.

It is confirmed that Nirav Modi had not referred to what is being claimed on social media. “He (Nirav Modi) spoke just to confirm his name and gave his date of birth and address. He was asked if he consented to extradition and he said I do not consent. Other than that it was just his barrister who spoke and the CPS.”

On social media platforms the message can be read as, नीरव मोदी का लंदन कोर्ट मे बयान,भागा नही हूं भगाया गया हूं जिसकी कीमत 456 करोड़ रुपए जो सरकार के मंत्रियों से लेकर भाजपा नेताओं और अफसरों मे बंटा है?? क्या इस न्यूज़ को मीडियावालों में हिम्मत है दिखाने की??”(Nirav Modi’s statement in London court, I had not run away, I had given Rs 456 crore to government ministers, BJP leaders, and officials to help me escape the country. Did media have the courage to show this news? -translated).

We tried very hard to find any such statement given by Modi on newspapers and on the internet but we could not find any such claim made by Nirav Modi anywhere. The same message was circulated, alternatively by Congress and BJP supporters, seeking to pin the blame for Nirav Modi’s escape to the respective political parties. Needless to say, there was no basis for this claim.

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