India’s fugitive Nirav Modi has dominated social media conversations in India ever since Britain’s The Telegraph newspaper posted a video of its reporter confronting the billionaire businessman in London. In the viral video, Nirav Modi, also known as NiMo, was seen desperately trying to hail a taxi, known as black cab even as the reporter chased him.
NiMo was finally able to find a cab but after several cabbies had declined to offer him a ride. The reporter’s conversation ended as soon as NiMo left the place in a black cab. However, the billionaire businessman’s tryst with London’s cabbies has become a butt of jokes on social media.
Here’s how users poked fun at one of India’s richest men for his helplessness.
The moral of the story is this…
No matter how hard you try…
No matter how much ostrich skin you wear…..
It’s hard to get a cab in London. #NiravModi
— Vir Das (@thevirdas) March 9, 2019
Bet Nirav Modi wishes he had called an Uber instead of trying to hail a black cab! https://t.co/3kpLyfrUE0
— Seema Goswami (@seemagoswami) March 9, 2019
Getting a cab in #london seems difficult. Two cabs out of 3 refused #Nirav while the reporter kept on his tail. Times like this are stressful.
Such hardship for poor #ChotaModi even his #ostrich feathered jacket did not impress the cabbies ?
— manishbpl (@manishbpl1) March 9, 2019
— MEMEgeneous (@memegeneous) March 9, 2019
Things must be real rough for Nirav Modi.. having to go around looking for a cab… https://t.co/4hqkRJlUoJ
— Gaurav (@gauravgjain) March 9, 2019
NiMo is said to have worn an ostrich hide jacket in the video, which reportedly costs Rs 9 lakh rupees. This also became a subject for jokes by Twitterati.
Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi had fled India after being accused of defrauding the Punjab National Bank for Rs 13,000 crore in January last year. The news of NiMo and Choksi fleeing India had come as a huge embarrassment since Modi was posing with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the World Economic Forum days before the PNB scam broke. They are accused of misusing credit instruments and guarantees of Punjab National Bank by forging documents.
Left red-faced, the Enforcement Directorate on Saturday issued a clarification that it had contacted the UK government for NiMo’s extradition.