Past Event

Why is London a favourite safe haven for Indian fugitives?

October 28, 2021 | 18:30 - 20:30
  • Central London, venue provided to confirmed guests


We’re delighted to host Danish Khan and Ruhi Khan, authors of Escaped: True Stories of Indian Fugitives in London.

London has emerged as a safe haven for those who want to escape the law in India. Through eyewitness accounts and archival records, Danish and Ruhi delve into twelve extraordinary cases of extradition over seven decades to unravel the legal quagmire that has caused much debate in Her Majesty’s courts, and consternation in New Delhi’s corridors of power.

Escaped examines the extradition of billionaire Vijay Mallya and diamantaire Nirav Modi, throws a spotlight on their ultra-luxe world, uncovers the complex ownership of their UK assets and brings to life the intense courtroom battles.

The book also chronicles the saga of cricket bookie Sanjeev Chawla, now dispatched to India, and that of music director Nadeem Saifi, who has been exonerated but can never return home. It explores how drug lord Iqbal Mirchi and terror accused Hanif Patel evaded extradition, and investigates the loopholes that saved convicted paedophile Raymond Varley and NRI parents Arti Dhir and Kaval Raijala, accused of murdering their adopted child.

The book reveals the inside story of how Ravi Shankaran, the alleged spy, was set free, and how the famed Narang Brothers were snagged for trading in stolen Indian artefacts. Taking a trip through history, the book recounts how a newly independent India managed to bring back two powerful industrialists, Dharma Jayanti Teja and Mubarak Ali Ahmed, who were involved in financial crimes.

Click here for ticket bookings£10 for Members, £15 for Non-Members. Event duration is 6:30 – 8:30pm in Central London (venue provided to confirmed guests). Drinks and nibbles will be served. Please note confirmation is only provided upon receipt of payment. Maximum 25 spaces.

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