F/riction: Nirav Modi, Wall Street, & the Glimmer of Unending Greed

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F/riction: Nirav Modi, Wall Street, & the Glimmer of Unending Greed

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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t’s raining white-collar criminals in India: In late March, social media was abuzz with news that embattled industrialist-in-exile, Vijay Mallya, was getting married for the third time, to girlfriend Pinky Lalwani. A meme started doing the rounds, suggesting that the London-based scamster was forced to take this step because he was “feeling loanly”.

Despite the guffaws, it was a pretty accurate estimate of his mental state. The self-appointed King of Good Times is, after all, hiding in the UK with over ₹9,000 crore in debt to various Indian banks. The Enforcement Directorate claims that out of this, ₹4,000 crore has been siphoned out of the country.

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