In an affidavit filed in the Dominica High Court, fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi said that I have not run away from the agencies of India.
Mehul Choksi reached the court in a wheelchair (ANI)
Fugitive diamond merchant Mehul Choksi invited Indian officials to interview him. During this, Choksi claimed that he had left India for his treatment. He also declared himself a law abiding citizen. It is worth noting that Choksi, who had scammed more than 13 thousand crores from Punjab National Bank (PNB), has not got any relief from the Dominica High Court. The High Court has rejected his bail application. At the same time, India has also accelerated the process of his extradition.
According to the Times of India report, in an affidavit filed in the Dominica High Court, the fugitive businessman said, I have invited Indian officials to interview me. I have told them that they can ask any question related to any investigation related to me. Choksi said that I have not run away from the agencies of India. When I left India for treatment in America, there was no arrest warrant of any investigating agency against me at that time.
Choksi fled India in January 2018
It is worth noting that as soon as Choksi’s name surfaced in the PNB scam, he fled India. He had already made preparations to flee India. In 2017, the fugitive businessman took the citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda through an investment program. After this, he fled to Antigua in January 2018 as soon as his name came to the fore in the scam. Since then he has not returned to the country. Choksi faces charges of criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, cheating and dishonesty, corruption and money laundering. CBI, ED and other Indian agencies are investigating this matter.
Interpol notice not an international warrant: Choksi
In a statement to a Dominica court on June 3, Choksi claimed that he had no plans to escape. The fugitive businessman claimed that the Interpol Red Corner Notice was not an international warrant but a request asking him to surrender. Choksi’s reply was in response to the prosecution’s allegation that the fugitive businessman was engaged in extradition proceedings in Antigua to escape crimes committed by him in India. Antigua Prime Minister Gaston Browne has already said that if Choksi is sent to his country, extradition to India could be a problem.
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