The federal government and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) have sought to affix fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi’s case within the Dominica Excessive Court docket, sources mentioned at this time.
Whereas the CBI will deal with the Punjab Nationwide Financial institution (PNB) rip-off case, the Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) will argue on Choksi’s citizenship standing, sources add.
The CBI has filed an ‘impleadment’ software within the Caribbean nation’s court docket on 62-year-old Choksi’s habeas corpus plea.
The company seeks to submit the PNB case particulars towards the jeweller earlier than the excessive court docket to determine that he’s a fugitive, sources say.
Counting on the non-bailable warrants issued towards Choksi by Indian courts for skipping summons, CBI has submitted, “Choksi, a fugitive” is evading justice within the Rs 13,500 crore PNB rip-off case.
India, by way of the MEA, has filed a separate software to affix the proceedings within the Dominica Excessive Court docket.
Choksi continues to be an Indian citizen and has not surrendered his passport, the MEA mentioned in its software, sources say, including that he has not accomplished his citizenship renunciation course of.
Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, too, referred to as Choksi an “Indian citizen” simply days in the past.
If the CBI and MEA pleas are allowed, former Solicitor-Normal Harish Salve will signify each CBI and MEA within the Dominica Excessive Court docket.
The excessive court docket has adjourned Choksi’s habeas corpus plea for July and prolonged its order on eradicating him from Dominica until the completion of the proceedings.
In a separate case filed by Choksi looking for bail for illegally coming into the territory, the Dominica Excessive Court docket has upheld the Justice of the Peace’s order denying him bail on the grounds that he’s a “flight danger”.
Mehul Choksi had fled to Antigua in 2018, after buying a citizenship from that nation, as CBI and Enforcement Directorate investigations into the PNB case have been choosing up tempo.
He was caught allegedly attempting to flee from Antigua to Cuba through Dominica final month. He went lacking Could 25, prompting a manhunt by Antigua police, and was caught Could 27 in Dominica.
After his arrest in Dominica, Antigua mentioned Mehul Choksi must be handed over to India instantly.
Nonetheless, Choksi’s lawyer has mentioned his shopper is not an Indian citizen and might solely be despatched again to Antigua, the place he’s already preventing instances associated to his citizenship and extradition.
His nephew Nirav Modi is at present in jail in London and contesting his extradition to India.