Friday, October 7, 2022

Has Mehul Choksi fled to Cuba?

  • Wanted in 14,000 crore PNB Scam
  • Missing in Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda
  • Choksi’s lawayer Aggarwal confirms the news

New Delhi: Mehul Choksi, nephew of Nirav Modi, who is in wanted list for siphoning Rs. 14,000 crore of public money from Punjab National Bank (PNB) is missing according to his lawyer Aggarwal.

According to media reports, Choksi who had citizenship of Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda was seen driving in southern area of the island on Sunday, and from there he can’t be traced out until Tuesday early hours. Police launched a manhunt to trace the fugitive diamond merchant.

Choksi fled to Antigua in 2018, but before that he took the citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda in 2017 using the method of “citizenship by Investment programme.” His nephew Nirav Modi is in London prison who was denied bail and is contesting extradition to India.

Has he fled to Cuba?

There are rumours that Choksi might have fled to Cuba fearing extradition to India as per his aide Gavin, which has to be confirmed by government officials.  The reason for fleeing to Cuba could be that India does not have extradition treaty with it. The Island’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne had a word with Indian prime Minister Narendra Modi about pursuing Choksi‘s extradition to India. This might be the reason he has fled to Cuba, says sources.

Choski is facing charges of criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, cheating and dishonesty, corruption and money laundering.

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