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The Delhi high court said it will hear the plea by Gitanjali Gems along with a similar pending plea of billionaire Nirav Modi’s firm Firestar Diamond on 11 April

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The Supreme Court said it will hear Attorney General KK Venugopal and the petitioner on the maintainability of the plea. The ED has registered the money laundering case against Nirav Modi, his firms and others on the basis of a CBI FIR.

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra orally observed that the Supreme Court can not monitor the probe into the multi-crore Punjab National Bank scam.

"We can not monitor. They (Centre) say that so many steps have been taken", a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said.

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Mr Khan is the senior-most former official of the RBI to be questioned by the CBI in connection with bank scams involving jewellers Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi and relaxation of gold import rules in 2014 by the erstwhile UPA government allegedly to the benefit of private traders.

The court made a decision to hear arguments on the question of maintainability of the PIL an posted the case for April 23. The NBW was issued on the request of the probe agency, a CBI spokesperson said. It has sought a direction for initiation of deportation proceedings against Nirav Modi and others allegedly involved in the banking fraud, preferably within two months.

Hong Kong, one of the "special administrative regions" (SARs) of China, is where high-profile diamond merchant Modi is said to be hiding following accusations that he defrauded state-run Punjab National Bank (PNB) of around $2 billion.

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The agency is also questioning overseas branch officials of Indian banks in relation to the extension of credit. Another plea filed by Advocate Manohar Lal Sharma on a similar issue has not come up for hearing yet.

The bank is also actively looking to leverage benefits of emerging technology including AI and analytics both from a greater control over the audit process as well as providing a one-stop suite of financial services with a single touch point, they said.

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