With the fate of fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi depending upon the courts in Dominica, the Indian government is leaving no stone unturned to bring him back to India so that he can be put on trial for the Rs 14,000 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam. In this regard, the government is taking legal advice from ace lawyer Harish Salve.
Since the Indian government is not a party to the case, Salve is presently helping the government as an advisor. However, he said that he will represent India in the High Court of Dominica, if permitted.
Salve said, “I am advising the government of India on what steps to take in the Mehul Choksi case. The government of India is not a party appearing in the Dominican court. We are only helping the Dominican authorities. If India is given an audience, and the Attorney General agrees to my admission to their bar, l will appear for India.”
Mehul Choksi wanted in PNB scam
Mehul Choksi is sought by the Indian agencies in the Rs 14,000 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) loan scam case. He fled India in 2018 after the scam came to the fore and settled in Antigua and Barbuda by gaining citizenship through the investment route.
Last month, he went missing in Antigua and a few days later, he was nabbed in Dominica for illegally trying to enter the tiny Caribbean nation. Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne had earlier said that the fugitive diamantaire should be sent back directly to India.
Probe in Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda police have started an investigation into the abduction claim of fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi.
The investigation started after Choksi’s lawyers provided names the diamantaire suspect were behind his abduction. Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has confirmed that his country’s police have launched a probe into the abduction claim made by Choksi.
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