Hong Kong can decide on Nirav's arrest, says China

China on Monday said that Hong Kong can take its own decision on India's request to arrest fugitive Indian diamond merchant Nirav Modi based on local laws and mutual judicial assistance agreements of the Chinese special administrative region.

Minister of State for External Affairs V K 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 (HKSAR), the People's Republic of China."

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

Nirav is wanted in connection with the Rs 12,700-crore scam at the Punjab National Bank.

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