Anurag Thakur, BJP's lower house parliament member from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh and Minister of State and Corporate Affairs has reacted to the Antigua Prime Minister's comments on Mehul Choksi's deportation.
In a statement given to media, Anurag Thakur said, "I feel any amount of congratulations given to the government in this matter is less. I would also like to thank the people who have poured in good wishes on us (government). Because all this is possible only because the government introduced the Fugitive economic bill and insolvency bankruptcy code. No one can run away stealing the country's money now, we will get him back," said Thakur.
Anurag Thakur's comments come after the Antigua Prime Minister Gaston Browne in a media statement said that Mehul Choksi will be deported when he (Mehul Choksi) exhausts all his appeals. "We have an independent judiciary and the matter is before the court. There is a due process, even criminals have the right to due process. He has appealed the initial decision against him and until such a time as he exhausts all of his appeals there's no decision that can be taken to extradite him. However, I can say to you that we are not interested in having Mehul Choksi in Antigua and Barbados. He really brings no value to the country. We had the unfortunate situation where he was cleared by Indian officials as good standing as to what exactly happened in India and the fact that we got flawed information, the Indian officials have to take responsibility that situation. In any case, our officials acted based on Information from India and made him a citizen only to be told later that he is a crook. Now what I can assure you is ultimately he will be deported after he would have exhausted all his appeals or he will be repatriated for that matter or extradited to India to face whatever charges you have against him. So just a matter of time, (sic)" the Antigua prime Minister Gaston Browne said.
Mehul Choksi was declared a fugitive and an economic offender when the ED (Enforcement Directorate) accused Choksi of fleeing the country to avoid arrest in the huge Bank loan fraud of PNB bank. His nephew Nirav Modi was arrested in the same matter on June 17 in the United Kingdom.