Mehul Choksi case: India remains steadfast that fugitives are brought back to country, says govt

MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi

The Ministry of External Affairs today said India remains steadfast in its resolve that fugitives of the country are brought back and all efforts would continue to bring back Mehul Choksi, who is wanted in a major banking fraud here.

“He is currently in the custody of Dominica with some legal proceedings underway. We will continue to ensure he is brought to back India,” said MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi told media persons at an online press briefing. when asked about fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi.

He was replying to a batch of questions regarding Choksi, who had fled to Antigua but was recently found in Dominica.

Meanwhile,A Dominica magistrate has denied bail to absconding diamond tycoon Mehul Choksi, who was arrested on May 23 for alleged illegal entry to the Caribbean island country, the local media reported.

Choksi, wanted here in connection with a 13,500-crore fraud in the Punjab National Bank (PNB), pleaded before the magistrate that he was abducted and forcibly brought to Dominica from neighbouring Antigua and Barbuda, about 100 nautical miles away, Dominica News Online reported.

The 62-year-old wheelchair-bound diamantaire, who has a pending Interpol Red Corner Notice (RCN) against him, arrived before the presiding Roseau Magistrate Court in a black pair of shorts and a blue T-shirt from the Dominica China Friendship Hospital, where he is undergoing treatment. The Dominica High Court, which was hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by Choksi, had ordered him to be presented before the magistrate to face charges of illegal entry.

A habeas corpus petition is filed for producing before a court a person who is under arrest or in unlawful detention.

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