March 19, 2023

Mehul Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi had fled India in January, 2018. (File)

New Delhi:

The authorities is actively engaged with Dominica to hunt early deportation of fugitive diamond service provider Mehul Choksi and his handover to India, the Ministry of External Affairs stated in the present day.

A Dominican Justice of the Peace courtroom adjourned until June 25 the listening to into alleged unlawful entry of Mehul Choki into the Caribbean island nation, native media there had reported earlier this week.

Asked about Mehul Choksi at an internet media briefing, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated he continues to be within the custody of authorities within the commonwealth of Dominica and authorized proceedings are underway.

“Government of India is actively engaged with the Dominican government to seek the early deportation and handover to India of Mehul Choksi to face justice in our country,” he stated.

“The criminal charges that Mehul Choksi faces in India and the facts relating to his continued Indian citizenship have been suitably brought to the attention of the authorities in the commonwealth of Dominica,” the MEA spokesperson stated.

On Monday, the Justice of the Peace courtroom was to start out listening to the case of Mehul Choksi’s “illegal entry” into the nation on May 23 however he was a “no show”, a media web site Natureislenews had reported.

Mehul Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi had fled India within the first week of January, 2018, weeks earlier than the rip-off within the Punjab National Bank rocked the Indian banking business.

Nirav Modi escaped to Europe and was lastly held in London the place he’s contesting his extradition to India, whereas Mehul Choksi took citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda in 2017 the place he was staying since his escape from Delhi.

Mehul Choksi, 62, had mysteriously gone lacking on May 23 from Antigua and Barbuda. He was detained in neighbouring island nation Dominica on May 23 for unlawful entry.

His attorneys alleged that he was kidnapped from Jolly Harbour in Antigua by policemen wanting like Antiguans and Indians and delivered to Dominica on a ship.

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