Mehul Choksi (Photo Credit: PTI)
New Delhi: Dominica (DominicaFugitive businessman Mehul Choksi is in favor of the High CourtMehul ChoksiAfter postponing the hearing in the case, the CBI, ED and Foreign Ministry (F) saidMinistry of OreignThe eight-member team has now left for India without Mehul. Mehul Choksi, accused of embezzling crores of rupees from fugitive Hira Korobari and Punjab National Bank (PNB Bank), sees no hope of coming to India at the moment. So, the team that went to bring him back to India, now he has to return empty handed. Mehul Choksi, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Brown has issued a statement saying India has sent private jets to Dominica.
The next hearing of the case has been adjourned till June 14.
A private Qatari jet with Dominica departed on Thursday with an eight-member team comprising the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Director of Enforcement (ED), the Foreign Ministry and two CRPF commandos, according to agency sources. On Saturday, a team of Indian officials arrived in Dominica with some documents related to the Choksi case.
Dominican High Court judge Bernie Stephenson on Thursday adjourned the hearing of the case against Choksi Habius Corpus in India in a Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case.
According to the Antigua Newsroom, a news outlet on the Caribbean island, Choksi and Dominican public prosecutors were suspended from consenting to the use of the language in the ban filed for his expulsion from Dominica.
It said both sides were expected to discuss the matter and inform the judge, who would set a date for the new court.
Choksi, who was wanted in India by CNI and ED in a PNB fraud case, went missing from Antigua on May 23, after which he was extensively investigated. He was arrested on May 26 in Dominica.
Choksi and his lawyers claim they were forcibly abducted on a ship. On June 2, Choksi pleaded not guilty to illegal entry in the presence of the court and was later denied bail.
He appeared before a magistrate in a wheelchair in a blue T-shirt and black trousers.
According to Dominica News Online, the public prosecutor argued that he had faced 11 felony counts in India and extradition to Antigua, so the magistrate’s court rejected Choksi’s bail and therefore it could be a risk to the aircraft.
Diamantier, 62, left India in January 2018, just days before the CBI registered the case. On May 2, Choksi’s first photos were published online and showed scars on his arm and swollen eyes.