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Legal hurdles for Choksi’s return

Date: 02 June 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

The Indian team trying to bring back fugitive Mehul Choksi is set to face legal hurdles in Dominica as well as Antigua and Barbuda.

Background

The fugitive jeweller is wanted in multi-crore PNB scam and has been hiding in the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda since 2018.

 

Details

  • A private jet containing Indian officials has reached Dominica to get back Choksi but his lawyers have approached Supreme Court of Dominica, which has stayed his return.

  • Choksi’s legal team has claimed that he was honey trapped by a woman and was beaten up allegedly by Indian agents before ferrying him to Dominica on a yacht.

  • Antigua PM has argued for deportation of Choksi directly to India from Dominica but Choksi’s team argues that he is not an Indian citizen.

 

India’s arguments

  • India says that Choksi may have surrendered his passport but has not been accepted. The certificate for surrender of passport is yet to be issued.

  • Interpol has already issued red corner notice against Choksi for his financial crimes in India. India has all the relevant papers to argue.

 

Getting back the fugitive

  • The best chance for India to have Choksi is by convincing the Dominican authority that it has a strong case against him and he is a fugitive.

  • The sole intention of Choksi in getting Antiguan citizenship was to escape law jurisdiction back home in India.

  • The biggest hurdle is that India does not have an extradition treaty with Antigua. Choksi may cite human rights and injuries to stay on and blame authorities for his ordeal.