PM Gaston Browne indicated that Choksi would not have the same rights in Dominica as it did in Antiga and Barbuda.
Mehul Choksi (File Photo)
Antigua PM Gaston Browne, the Prime Minister of Antiga and Barbuda, has asked the neighboring country Dominica to hand over the fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi directly to India. According to local media reports, diamond businessman Choksi has been caught in Dominica. Following reports of Choksi’s arrest in Dominica on Tuesday night (local time), Browne said he had given clear instructions to Dominica officials to extradite Choksi to India.
“We have said that they should not extradite him, he needs to be returned to India, where he can face criminal charges against him,” a media organization Antiga News Room quoted Brown’s conversation with journalists as saying. Browne indicated that Choksi would not have the same rights in Dominica as he had in Antiga and Barbuda. After taking citizenship in 2017, he had been living in Antigua and Barbuda since 2018. The report said that the Prime Minister believes that it will be easy for Dominica to hand over Choksi directly to India.
Arrested after yellow notice
Choksi, who had recently escaped from Antigua and Barbuda, was apprehended after a yellow notice issued against him by Interpol. Interpol issues a yellow notice to trace the missing people. Choksi is wanted in a loan fraud case of Rs 13,500 crore in Punjab National Bank. Choksi was last seen going for dinner in his car in Antiga and Barbuda on Sunday.
Staff told that they were missing
After getting Choksi’s car, his staff told him to be missing. The businessman’s lawyer Vijay Aggarwal had confirmed that Choksi has been missing since Sunday. The news of Choksi’s disappearance had created uproar in the Caribbean island nation. The Opposition raised this issue in the Parliament of Antiga and Barbuda. Responding to the opposition, Prime Minister Browne said that his government is working closely with the Indian government, neighboring countries and international police organizations to find out Choksi.
Case of fraud of Rs 13,500 crores
Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi allegedly embezzled an amount of Rs 13,500 crore from Punjab National Bank. Nirav Modi is lodged in a London jail and is fighting a case against extradition to India. Choksi took citizenship of Antiga and Barbuda in 2017 and fled India in the first week of January 2018. Only after this scam came to light. Both are facing CBI investigation.
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