Barrack No 12 of Arthur Road jail may well be renamed as Billionaires’ Barrack if the Centre’s extradition attempts go to plan. The state prisons department has informed the Centre that, if extradited to the country, jeweller Nirav Modi will be lodged in Barrack 12 of Arthur Road jail in Mumbai, the same barrack where Vijay Mallya will be lodged in case the former liquor baron is also extradited to India. The state provided the information about the proposed lodging plans for Nirav Modi after the government of India recently informed the state that extradition proceedings for Nirav Modi had advanced before the Westminster Magistrate’s Court in United Kingdom. The Centre had asked the state home department about the prison facilities in case Modi is lodged at Arthur Road jail. Following this, the Maharashtra Prison Department gave a letter of assurance on the facilities it can provide. The Government of Maharashtra had earlier furnished a similar letter of assurance to the central government in respect of extradition of Vijay Mallya. A state home department official told Mirror, “On June 4, Ministry of Home Affairs had sought extradition of Nirav Modi from UK to face trial in India in a Central Bureau of Investigation and an Enforcement Directorate case. The government has learnt that extradition proceedings for surrender of Modi has advanced in the UK court.” According to state government sources, the prison department in their letter of assurance issued on Monday, has stated that Modi will be held at Barrack No 12 of Arthur Road jail complex if extradited. The prison department has assured that Modi will be kept in a cell in which (either without other detainees or, alternatively, with sufficiently few detainees) he will get a minimum of 3 square metre of personal space (not including furniture) through the period of his prospective detention (pre-trial and post conviction in case he is found guilty).