New Delhi: While hearing the petition of the arrested businessman in Dominica, a court said that Fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi Cannot be taken out of the country until further orders.
Choksi is wanted in India by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the Rs 13,500-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case. He went missing from Antiga and Barbuda on Sunday following a massive search operation. He was caught in Dominica on Wednesday after much effort.
Choksi’s lawyer Vijay Aggarwal stated, “On the habeas corpus petition filed against the Attorney General and Chief of Police in Mehul Choksi v. Dominica, the Dominica court has ordered a stay on the removal of Choksi from Dominica’s land until further orders.”
He said the Dominica court has also given Choksi access to legal aid and lawyers. Aggarwal said on Thursday night that Choksi was forced to board a ship from Antiga and was taken to Dominica.
He also claimed that Choksi was kept there and then taken to the police station on Monday, but the news of his arrest came only on Wednesday. There are marks of coercion on his body.
The lawyer said, “Choksi has narrated his horrific experience which is an eye-opener. This confirms my stand that he would not have left from Antiga voluntarily. Choksi has said that he should be in a ship from Jolly Harbor in Antiga Forced to climb, he was taken to Dominica. ”
Agarwal also said that Choksi was kept there and then taken to the police station on Monday. Since then he is there and this news came to the world on Wednesday.
He said, “There is something wrong and I think there was a strategy to move him to another place, which is likely to send him back to India. So I don’t know what forces are working. Time will tell.”
On Wednesday, Antiga and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said the fugitive diamond trader “needed to return to India” where he could face criminal charges leveled against him.
Antiga News Room, a media outlet, quoted Brown as telling reporters in Antiga and Barbuda, “We told him not to send him back to Antiga. He needs to return to India where he can face the criminal charges leveled against him.” ”
The Antigua Observer also said that Brown has reportedly told media in India that he has asked the Dominican government to detain Choksi for illegally entering his country.
The Antiga Observer reported that “Brown has stated that Dominica The authorities have made Choksi a non-grata and sent her directly to India. ”
Choksi, an accused in a PNB fraud case of over Rs 13,500 crore, has been living in Antiga and Barbuda since January 4, 2018, along with his nephew Nirav Modi.
The CBI and the ED, which have filed separate charge sheets in the case, are trying to extradite Choksi.