Mehul Choksi (Photo credit: ANI)
New Delhi, June 3: The cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda decided in a meeting that fugitive diamond trader Mehul Choksi should be deported directly from Dominica to India. A report in the local media on the cabinet’s decision indicated that one of the issues discussed at Wednesday’s meeting was “issues related to vigilance”. According to media reports, the meeting agreed that Choksi is now the “problem” of Dominica and that the “problem will return” to the Caribbean if he returns to Antigua and Barbuda. The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Brown, presided over the meeting. The ministers attended the meeting, both physically and digitally.
Media outlet Antigua Breaking News reported that the cabinet meeting decided that law enforcement officials would continue to gather intelligence on the situation regarding Choksi’s “departure” from Antigua. “The Antigua and Barbuda cabinet has chosen that Choksi should be deported directly from Dominica to India,” the cabinet statement said. Choksi mysteriously disappeared from Antigua and Barbuda on 23 May. Where he has been living as a citizen since 2018. He was detained for illegally entering the neighboring island nation of Dominica.
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He is said to have disappeared from Antigua and Barbuda romantically with his alleged girlfriend. Choksi’s lawyers allege that Antigua and Indian-designated police members abducted his client and took him on a ferry to Dominica. A habeas corpus petition filed by Choksi is being heard in a high court in Dominica. In the application, Choksi challenged his alleged illegal detention. He was also produced before a magistrate on a High Court order where he did not admit to entering the country illegally, but could not get bail.
Choksi and his nephew Nirab Modi fled India in the first week of January 2011, just weeks before the Punjab National Bank’s Rs 13,500 crore scam was exposed.
Silent Modi fled to Europe and was later imprisoned in London where he is facing extradition to India. Choksi acquired Antigua and Barbuda citizenship in 2017 and lived there after fleeing Delhi.
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