St John’s: Mehul Choksi revealed the names of his alleged abductors to Antiguan police on Sunday (local time), prompting them to launch an investigation into the possible abduction of the fugitive diamantaire from Antigua on May 23, 2021, according to Antigua News Room.
Choksi’s lawyers, according to Prime Minister Gaston Browne, wrote to the Police Commissioner with the names of the people he believes kidnapped him.
Browne stated that the allegations are being taken seriously by the police and the government.
Choksi, the accused in the Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank scam, was granted interim relief from immediate repatriation to India by a Dominican court on Thursday, which adjourned the case.
According to local media reports, his legal team colluded with opposition leaders to put pressure on the judiciary, which, rather than questioning Choksi’s illegal entry from Antigua to Dominica, believed his lawyers’ version of his kidnapping.
However, evidence suggests that Choksi intended to flee to Cuba. Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi are charged in the Punjab National Bank fraud case, which is worth Rs 13,500 crore. Choksi attempted to flee the country.
He was granted Antigua and Barbuda citizenship in January 2018 and is currently fighting extradition to India in court.
Choksi went missing from Antigua on May 23 after going out for dinner, and he was quickly apprehended in Dominica.
He was charged with illegal entry by Dominican police after allegedly fleeing Antigua and Barbuda in an attempt to avoid extradition to India. A team of four lawyers from London was hired to save Choksi from deportation.
According to local reports, Choksi’s cousin is camping in Dominica and has reportedly cut a deal with opposition to save Mehul.
According to local reports, Mehul Choksi’s younger brother Chetan Chinu Bhai promised Dominican opposition leader Juan Guaido election funding in exchange for spreading the abduction theory, and the businessman’s cousin revealed details.
Choksi is an Indian citizen, and his name appears in the red corner notice as well. He misrepresented the facts and obtained citizenship in Antigua, where he was residing.
Antigua Prime Minister Gaston Browne wanted his citizenship to be revoked, and in a letter sent in 2019, he stated unequivocally that Choksi would not be allowed to enter Antigua and should be deported back to India.