India is leaving no stone unturned to catch hold of fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi who was caught on May 25 trying to illegally enter a tiny Caribbean island nation, Dominica.
Notably, the Ministry of External Affairs is coordinating with the governments of Dominica and Antigua for the deportation of Choksi to India. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) are assisting the ministry in its efforts. Choksi is wanted in the Rs 14,000 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) loan scam and he had fled to Antigua in 2018 after the scam came to the fore.
India sends private jet
The prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, on a radio show, said that India sent a private jet to Dominica carrying documents related to the deportation of fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi.
A Qatar Airways private jet landed at the Douglas-Charles airport in Dominica, Antigua News Room reported, leading to speculations about the deportation of Choksi who was detained in the Caribbean island nation after his mysterious disappearance from neighbouring Antigua and Barbuda.
Browne told the radio show that the jet came from India carrying necessary documentation needed for the deportation of the businessman, the media outlet reported. Meanwhile, Indian probe agencies said that case files related to Choksi have been sent to Dominica.
Antigua wants Choksi’s deportation to India
Earlier, Antigua’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne had said that fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi should be sent back directly to India. Reportedly, Browne told local media that he has given “clear instructions” to the Dominican authorities to repatriate Choksi to India.
“We asked them not to repatriate him to Antigua. He needs to return to India where he can face the criminal charges levelled against him,” the prime minister was quoted as saying by local media.
Mehul Choksi fled India
After the over Rs 1,400 crore Punjab National Bank fraud came into the limelight, Nirav Modi, his wife Ami Modi, and uncle Mehul Choksi fled from India. Later, red corner notices were issued by Interpol against all the three fugitives. Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi are already fighting extradition to India. The Enforcement Directorate that is probing the scam has already seized several assets of these fugitive businessmen.
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