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Economic Fugitive Mehul Choksi Cracks Under Pressure, Says 'willing To Co-operate In The Investigation'

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:


  • Economic offender Mehul Choksi said that he is willing to join the probe in India
  • He cited medical reasons for leaving the country

Economic offender Mehul Choksi in an affidavit submitted to Bombay High Court has said that he is willing to join the probe and is ready to travel back to the country once he is medically fit. 

As the procedure to extradite Choksi is underway, cracking under pressure the economic offender had stated he left the country not to 'flee but for medical treatment. 

He further notified that he is residing in Antigua.

He said, "I am currently residing in Antigua and willing to co-operate in the investigation. If the Court may deem it fit, it may direct the investigating officer to travel to Antigua." 

"I am willing to appear before a special court and before investigating officer through video conferencing," he added. 

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The fugitive diamantaire and Nirav Modi, both absconding are main accused of defrauding India's second largest state-run bank PNB to the tune of over Rs 13,000 crore.

Back in April, the extradition process of diamond jeweller Mehul Choksi had already begun in Antigua. 

he Antigua officials stated that Indian investigative agencies like the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) have sent across documents to them in order to peruse and send back Choksi to India.

“The extradition process against Choksi is on and we are hopeful of a positive response from the authorities of Antigua and Barbuda,” they said.

Antigua, the Caribbean nation, provides citizenship under its 'citizenship by investment' category, on the basis of which Nirav Modi's uncle Mehul Choksi had applied for its citizenship in March 2017. It was granted to him in January 2018.

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Prime Minister Modi during his first term, in his first interview of 2019, had ensured the return of economic offenders like Nirav Modi, Choksi and Vijay Mallya, by emphasising that those who have fled will be brought back to India. 

He said, "Why did they need to flee after all? Had there been governments like earlier, same dostana would have continued, lootna hai, looto, khana hai, khate chalo, they would have no need to flee. They had to flee because they would have to adhere to the laws here. They might had to return every penny. Those who have fled, there are international laws to bring them back. Those are being implemented. For such fugitives, we have made stringent laws. Seizure of property is happening even in foreign countries. Therefore, we are using all the tools available with the government. I am confident, that those who have fled the country earlier, they have not returned. But those who fled during this government, they will be brought back, today or tomorrow."