Jeweller Nirav Modi's bankrupt U.S. firm Firestar Diamond stirs buyer interest amid $2 billion fraud probe

Potential buyers have expressed strong early interest in a bankrupt U.S. firm of jeweller Nirav Modi, who has been accused of involvement in a $2-billion bank fraud in India, court filings show.


Photo: Nirav Modi


Firestar Diamond Inc filed for bankruptcy protection on Feb. 26 in the United States, following accusations that other firms led by Modi and his uncle colluded with officials of state-run Punjab National Bank to secure unauthorised loans between 2011 and 2017.

Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, owner of Gitanjali Gems Ltd, left India in January before the fraud came to light, but have said in letters and statements they are innocent.

Indian investigators have, however, attached or seized assets belonging to Modi and his companies. Firestar is not named in the police complaint.

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