New Delhi: In an attempt to avoid extradition to India, fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi has reportedly given up his Indian citizenship by handing over his passport to the Antiguan government. Notably, Choksi (59) is wanted by various investigating agencies in connection withe the multi-crore Punjab National Bank fraud case.
If reports are to be believed, Choksi has also submitted 177 dollars with his passport to the Indian High Commission in Antigua. He has reportedly mentioned his new address as Jolly Harbour Marks Antigua.
Earlier on December 25, 2018, Choksi told a court that he cannot take a “41-hour” flight to come to India due to a “brain clot” and other medical conditions. His lawyer Sanjay Abbot had made this submission Saturday before special PMLA judge M S Azmi during the hearing of ED’s plea to declare Choksi a fugitive under the new Fugitive Economic Offenders Act.
However, Choksi submitted a written reply before the court, saying that he was willing to join the investigation through video conferencing. Choksi had also accused the Enforcement Directorate (ED) of not sharing the details of his health condition with the court only to mislead the whole investigation.
Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi are wanted by the ED and the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) for allegedly defrauding the PNB to the tune of Rs 13,400 crore in collusion with a few of its employees.