New Delhi ‘will take all steps to bring back Mehul Choksi’
The response of the Ministry of External Affairs got here shortly earlier than it grew to become identified that Mr. Choksi is probably going to stay in custody in Dominica for just a few weeks extra as the subsequent listening to is anticipated to be round July 1.
India will make “all efforts” to bring back fugitive diamond dealer Mehul Choksi from Dominica, the place he’s going through a case in a court docket over alleged unlawful entry into the island.
The response of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) got here shortly earlier than it grew to become identified that Mr. Choksi is probably going to stay in custody in Dominica for just a few weeks extra as the subsequent listening to is anticipated to be round July 1.
“India remains steadfast in its efforts to ensure that fugitives are brought back to face justice. Regarding the specific case of Mehul Choksi, we understand that he is in the custody of the authorities and certain legal proceedings are under way. We will continue to make all efforts to ensure he is brought back to India,” stated MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi.
Accused of defrauding the Punjab National Bank and the State Bank of India of ₹13,500 crore, Mr. Choksi fled to Antigua and Barbuda in 2018 and took citizenship there.
Meanwhile, Antigua PM Gaston Browne continued to distance his nation from the fugitive.
“The preference of the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda is for Mr. Choksi to be repatriated to India from Dominica,” stated Mr. Browne in an announcement even because the court docket listening to continued at Dominica the place the diamond dealer argued that he was kidnapped from Antigua and needs to be returned there.
Mr. Browne had argued that the return of Mr. Choksi would draw Antigua into the issue as soon as once more. “If he finds himself in Antigua, the problem reverts to Antigua and Barbuda,” stated Mr. Browne, looking for repatriation of Mr. Choksi to India.