The absconding diamond trader Mehul Choksi, who duped Punjab National Bank of rupees 13500 crores has surrendered his passport to the Indian High Commission in Antigua.
Choksi has fled from India and had been granted Anitgua and Barbuda citizenship on 15th of January in 2018. This move of handing over the passport in Antigua by Choksi is an attempt to avoid his extradition.
While, India and the island nation Antigua have no bilateral extradition pact, Antigua is all ears to India to extradite the fugitive businessman.
Earlier, on January 29, 2018 CBI started investigation against Mehul Choksi and his fugitive nephew Nirav Modi in the PNB duping case.
While, Choksi’s lawyer said, “The case of accused (Choksi) is completely different from the case of accused Nirav Modi and the accused always had sanctioned limits (for LoU transactions at PNB) and Enforcement Directorate has attached the jewellery of the flagship companies of the accused in respect of the first CBI FIR pertaining to Nirav Modi even though he has got nothing to do with it.”
On December 13, 2018 Interpol had issued a red corner notice (RCN) against Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi as per CBI’s request.
After Interpol’s RCN, Choksi from Anigua gave excuses of his life in danger if he comes to India and also cited his ailing health along with poor condition of Indian jails.
The CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) have filed separate cases against Choksi, his nephew Modi along with two PNB staffers who were involved in this crime.
While Choksi has been residing in the Carribean country, Nirav is speculated somewhere in the European nation.