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Mehul Choksi in a position to be deported to India, the responsibility lies with the Dominican court: former CBI director, AP Singh | India News


NEW DELHI: Fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi, detained in police custody in Dominica, is in a position to be deported to India, according to former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director AP Singh, who said the businessman had no legal rights in the East.
Caribbean island nation that he had allegedly tried to escape from neighboring Antigua, where he had lived since 2018.
Former CBI Director Singh told ANI: “It is possible that Dominica deported Mehul Choksi to India as he has no legal rights in Dominica. But he alleged in court that he was kidnapped and taken to a third country (Dominica) against his He will. Now the court will decide his deportation. ”
In addition, he emphasized that deportation is an easier process than extradition. “If a wanted criminal or fugitive is living in a country where he has legal status as a citizen, only one extradition process remains …
For deportation, if someone enters a third country illegally and is caught, the country in question must deport him to India. The CBI has many experiences of deportation under the Interpol red corner notices, “the former CBI director told ANI.
Singh said it was not necessary to sign a treaty with a country for the deportation or extradition of criminals / fugitives, and claimed that there have been many deportations from a third country according to Interpol’s red corner notices.
Interpol had issued the Red Notice against Choksi in December 2018. According to Choksi’s lawyers, the jeweler had not fled Antigua, but was forcibly abducted and allegedly beaten and taken to Dominica.
According to former CBI director Singh, “if the Dominican court determines that Choksi was kidnapped and forcibly taken to Dominica, he would be deported to Antigua as his home country.”
Choksi, is a key defendant in the Rs 13,000 crore Punjab and National Bank (PNB) loan fraud case and is wanted in India on charges of bank fraud, criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust and money laundering. He acquired Antigua and Barbuda citizenship through the Citizenship by Investment Program in 2017 and had been living in Antigua since 2018.
The jeweler opposes the legal action to revoke his Antigua citizenship and extradite him to India. Choksi’s lawyers have approached the Dominican Supreme Court in the case concerning his deportation to India. The court has suspended his
move out of Dominica and are ready to hear the matter today (June 2).
India has to present a difficult case against Mehul Choksi in the Court of Dominica. India to present relevant documents and evidence in court according to agency practices.
When the former head of CBI Singh was asked if a team from India had sent Dominica for a court hearing, he cited local media reports.
“I have seen in the media that India has sent a team of officials who will present the case documents and evidence in court. They will have to present the documents in court through a lawyer and the local embassy will help them, according to protocol, “Singh said.
Meanwhile, Antigua’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne had previously told ANI that Dominica has accepted Choksi’s repatriation and Antigua will not accept him back.

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