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Antigua police has began investigating Mehul Choksi’s ‘abduction’, says PM Gaston Browne-India News , Firstpost

Choksi went lacking from Antigua and Barbuda on 23 May; his attorneys allege that he was kidnapped and delivered to Dominica by boat

File picture of PNB rip-off accused Mehul Choksi. PTI

New Delhi: The Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda has began investigations into the alleged abduction of absconding diamantaire Mehul Choksi to neighbouring Dominica on a criticism filed by his attorneys, Prime Minister Gaston Browne instructed an area media outlet.

Browne mentioned that Choksi’s attorneys gave the names of individuals concerned within the alleged abduction to the police commissioner in a criticism, the Antigua News Room reported.

The Antigua and Barbuda prime minister additionally mentioned that if the claims are true, then it’s a severe matter. Browne mentioned police are taking the criticism severely, the report mentioned.

“Choksi has filed a complaint with the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda to the extant that he was abducted. He made a formal claim through his attorneys that he was abducted from Antigua and taken to Dominica so it is a report that police is taking seriously and they are currently investigating the abduction,” Browne mentioned.

Another report within the Associates Times poked holes within the principle of Dominica Opposition chief Lennox Linton, who had reportedly claimed that Choksi was delivered to Dominica within the Yacht Calliope of Arne round 10 pm on 23 May.

The household of Choksi had claimed that he was in Antigua until 5 pm on 23 May which makes it inconceivable to cowl a 120-mile distance in 4 to 5 hours, which roughly takes about 12-13 hours, the publication mentioned.

The report mentioned that in accordance with Customs doc, the boat had left Antigua at 10 am on May 23, whereas Choksi’s home employees had mentioned that he was in his residence until 5 pm which signifies that Choksi didn’t journey by the boat as claimed by Linton.

It quoted unnamed medical doctors of the Dominica China Friendship Hospital, the place Choksi is admitted, {that a} nail harm cited by his attorneys is an outdated one whereas different bruises might be new and will have been attributable to even by a “slight push”.

Choksi had mysteriously gone lacking on 23 May from Antigua and Barbuda the place he has been staying since 2018 as a citizen. He was detained within the neighbouring island nation, Dominica, for unlawful entry after a attainable romantic escapade along with his rumoured girlfriend.

His attorneys alleged that he was kidnapped from Jolly Harbour in Antigua by policemen wanting Antiguan and Indian and delivered to Dominica on a ship.

Choksi was introduced earlier than a Roseau Justice of the Peace, on the orders of the Dominica excessive court docket, to reply costs of unlawful entry the place he pleaded not responsible however was denied bail. He was admitted within the Dominica China Friendship Hospital.

The Dominica High Court has adjourned the listening to of the habeas corpus petition filed by his attorneys.

Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi had fled India within the first week of January 2018 weeks earlier than Rs 13,500 crore rip-off in Punjab National Bank (PNB) rocked the Indian banking business.

The duo allegedly bribed the officers of the state-run financial institution to get Letters of Undertaking (LoU) on the idea of which they availed from abroad banks which remained unpaid.

The allegedly corrupt officers didn’t enter these LoUs within the core banking software program of PNB, thus evading any scrutiny. The non-payment of those LoUs or financial institution ensures value Rs 13,500 crore resulted in default and have become a legal responsibility on the financial institution.

Modi escaped to Europe and was lastly held in London the place he’s contesting his extradition to India whereas Choksi took citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda in 2017 the place he had been staying since his escape from Delhi.

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