- Dominica government said in High Court, India’s side is strong, Choksi’s petition is not valid
- Dominica’s High Court on Wednesday reserved its decision on sending Mehul Choksi to India
The High Court of Dominica on Wednesday reserved its decision on sending fugitive diamond trader Mehul Choksi to India in the scam of Rs 14 thousand crores from PNB. The court will pronounce its verdict on Thursday on whether he will be sent to India or will have to go to Antigua.
The Dominica government bluntly said during the hearing, Mehul’s petition is not valid. He has entered the country illegally. India’s side is strong and it should be handed over to India. Mehul was caught on May 25 while on his way to Cuba via Dominica. A team of CBI and ED officials was also present in the court. Mehul was in the hospital during the hearing through video conferencing. His lawyer claimed that he had been kidnapped from Antigua, during which his body suffered multiple injuries. He is not safe here and we are ready to pay a fair amount to send him back to Antigua.
On this, the court said, Choksi should be first produced in the court in the case of illegally entering the country and adjourned the hearing. Choksi’s counsel claimed that the court has reserved the verdict which will be pronounced on Thursday.
Dominica’s Leader of the Opposition Lennox Linton said Choksi should be sent back to Antigua. While Antigua Prime Minister Geston Brown made it clear on Wednesday that Choksi is still a citizen of India. We had sent him a notice not to give him citizenship, on which he took a stay. There is a case of fraud against him in India and he should be handed over to India.
Claim: Choksi’s brother gave money to opposition leaders of Dominica to spread false news of the kidnapping
Foreign media has claimed that Chetan Chinu Bhai Choksi, brother of fugitive diamond merchant Mehul Choksi, paid money to Dominica’s opposition leader Lennox Linton to spread false news of Choksi’s abduction. He met Linton on May 30 and had also offered to fund his election to help Choksi. For this, token money of two lakh dollars was also given, it was decided to give the remaining one million dollars in election donation. However, Linton has denied this claim.
According to foreign media sources, there was a long discussion between Choksi’s brother and Linton on many aspects regarding the diamond trader. It was decided that the issue of arrest of Linton Choksi in return for election donations would be raised in the Dominican Parliament. According to sources, Chetan also admitted that Mehul has reached Dominica on his own, but he needs the help of the opposition to take the decision in his favor in the court. At the same time, the Dominican government could be blamed that Mehul was kidnapped and brought from Antigua with the connivance of him and the Indian police. According to the Associates Times, Linton has a long history of taking money from people to benefit them. Al Jazeera also reported in 2019 that Linton had promised several investors diplomatic visas in exchange for $200,000 in election donations.
I don’t know Chetan or ever met
I do not know Chetan Chinu Bhai Choksi and have never met him. Never even talked to a person by this name. Any such news must have come from a website called Something Times which is being run by some friends selling passports of the government. – Lennox Linton, opposition leader of Dominica
Mehul is a citizen of India, send him there to Dominica: Brown
Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said on Wednesday, we stand by our stand that Mehul should be sent directly to India. He is still a citizen of India and Dominica should hand him over to India directly without any legal investigation. It does not require any kind of investigation. Because Mehul is trying to revoke his Indian citizenship by taking recourse to the court. He said Mehul has prepared the UPP for his advocacy by luring him with election funds. So that he would return to Antigua and hide under the recourse of constitutional protection.
Mehul is wanted in 14 thousand crore PNB scam
Diamond trader Mehul Choksi is wanted in India in a scam of about Rs 14,000 crore from PNB Bank. His nephew Nirav Modi is also an accused in this case and both were hiding abroad. CBI and ED are probing the matter and both have been declared absconders by the Supreme Court. Nirav Modi is lodged in London’s Wandsworth Jail, his extradition case is going on in the London High Court.
No legal impediment in bringing Mehul to India: AP Singh
Former CBI director AP Singh said, there is no legal impediment in bringing Mehul Choksi from Dominica to India. He is fully fit to be brought to India. He has no legal right to stop his extradition. He said, Mehul has very cleverly left Antigua and reached Dominica but he did not know that it is easier to extradite him to India from Dominica. Now he is taking the cover of a false kidnapping story but it will not be of many benefits to him. The Interpol Red Corner Notice against him has been issued in December 2018 and the CBI has a long and good experience of bringing back the fugitives with Red Corner notices.