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Deliver Mehul Choksi Directly to India: PM from Antigua and Barbuda to Dominica | India News


NEW DELHI: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has asked neighboring Dominica, where fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi was captured, to deliver the diamond directly to India, local media reported.
After news of Choksi’s arrest in Dominica arrived on Tuesday night (local time), Browne told local media that he had given “clear instructions” to the Dominican authorities to repatriate Choksi to India.
“We ask you not to repatriate him to Antigua. He needs to return to India, where he can face the criminal charges against him,” said the Antigua News Room, a news outlet, citing Browne’s interaction with journalists in Antigua and Barbuda.
Choksi will not have the same rights in Dominica that he has in Antigua and Barbuda, where he had stayed since 2018 after obtaining citizenship in 2017 under the Citizenship by Investment program, Browne said.
The prime minister believes that, for this reason, it would be easy for Dominica to repatriate him directly to India, according to the report.
Choksi, who had recently fled Antigua and Barbuda, was captured after an Interpol Yellow Notice was issued against him.
Interpol issues a Yellow Notice to track missing persons.
Choksi, who is wanted for a Rs 13,500 crore loan fraud at the National Bank of Punjab, was last seen going to dinner in his car in Antigua and Barbuda on Sunday.
His staff had reported him missing after his car was found.
The businessman’s lawyer, Vijay Aggarwal, had confirmed that Choksi had been missing since Sunday.
Reports of Choksi’s disappearance created a stir in the Caribbean island country after the opposition raised the issue in the Antigua and Barbuda Parliament.
In response to the opposition, Prime Minister Browne had said that his dispensation was “collaborating” with the Indian government, neighboring countries and international law enforcement organizations to try to locate him.
Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi allegedly diverted 13,500 million rupees of public money from the state-run Punjab National Bank (GNP) through fraudulent letters of commitment.
Nirav Modi, housed in a London jail, is challenging his extradition to India after courts repeatedly denied him bail.
Choksi had obtained citizenship in Antigua and Barbuda in 2017 and fled India in the first week of January 2018. The scam subsequently came to light.
They both face a CBI probe.

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