Mehul Choksi can solely be despatched again to Antigua and Barbuda since he’s a citizen of the Caribbean island nation and never India, the fugitive businessman’s authorized crew in Delhi has mentioned after he was captured in Dominica, one other island nation.
The National Security and Home Affairs Ministry of Dominica at the moment confirmed they’ve arrested Mr Choksi, 62, for illegally coming into the nation, sources have mentioned.
Dominica is in contact with the Antiguan authorities to seek out out the precise particulars of Mr Choksi’s citizenship standing of the Caribbean nation in order that he could be repatriated to Antigua, folks acquainted with the matter mentioned.
An Interpol alert to catch Mr Choksi is already in impact.
Dominica’s place that potential preparations could be made to ship again Mr Choksi to Antigua is similar as what his authorized crew in Delhi has mentioned.
“Mehul Choksi did not reach Dominica voluntarily,” the fugitive businessman’s lawyer Vijay Aggarwal advised NDTV, including there was “something fishy” in the best way he got here to Dominica.
“Moreover, there is an Antiguan high court order against the processing of any request from India, so my understanding is that he has to be sent back to Antigua only – there is no question of him being sent to India,” Mr Aggarwal mentioned.
Mr Choksi was caught when he was allegedly making an attempt to flee to Cuba from Antigua, the place he had been dwelling since 2018 after leaving India. He reportedly left Antigua and took a ship to neighbouring Dominica. With an Interpol lookout round in opposition to him, he was caught by the police from a seaside in Dominica.
The diamond jeweler, alongside together with his nephew Nirav Modi, is needed by Indian investigating companies for allegedly swindling Rs 13,500 crore as loans from state-run Punjab National Bank utilizing pretend paperwork. Nirav Modi, jailed in London, is contesting his extradition to India.