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Published by: Prashant Kumar
Updated Thu, 03 Jun 2021 09:32 AM IST
Choksi, an accused in the PNB scam, has been living in Antigua and Barbuda since January 2018 after fleeing India. India’s fugitive diamond merchant Mehul Choksi, lodged in Dominica’s jail, has got a big setback from the court.
PNB scam accused Mehul Choksi (file photo)
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Choksi, an accused in the Rs 13,500-crore Punjab National Bank fraud case, has been living in Antigua and Barbuda since January 2018 after fleeing India. Recently, he was arrested by the Dominica police and produced him in the court, the court sent him to judicial custody. In this case, Choksi’s lawyer had applied for bail in the court, but the court refused to grant bail.
After the court’s decision, Mehul Choksi’s lawyer Vijay Aggarwal told that he will appeal to the High Court for bail. His lawyer alleged that his client was kidnapped from Antigua’s Jolly Harbor and taken to Dominica by a ferry about 100 nautical miles away.
Court bans sending to Antigua
Recently, it was told that the legal process is going on to send fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi from Dominica to Antigua, but the Dominica court stopped it. The court made it clear that Mehul would not be sent anywhere till the next hearing. Earlier, the Dominica government had said that it would send Mehul Choksi to Antigua instead of India. Recently, some pictures of Mehul Choksi were also revealed, in which Choksi was seen standing inside the jail. Mehul Choksi’s eyes were swollen and injury marks were also visible on his hand. His lawyer had also accused the police of assault. After that Choksi’s wife also accused of beating.
Preparations to bring Choksi to India intensified
Let us tell you that the preparations to bring fugitive diamond trader Mehul Choksi to India are also going on in full swing. Dominica Police and Indian investigative agencies are in constant touch. According to information received from sources, the team of CBI and ED has reached Dominica to bring Choksi. After the paperwork, he can be brought to India.
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