Fugitive economic offender Mehul Choksi, on the run from Indian authorities, has used the Mallya card to evade arrest and jail time in India. Republic has accessed the confirmation of the same and details straight from Antigua and Barbuda.
David Dorsett, representing Mehul Choksi in Antigua and Barbuda while speaking to Republic TV has contested ‘jail conditions in India’. The argument, similar to the one used by Mallya is that ‘Indian jails don’t match up to international standards’. Mr Dorsett added that if his client Mehul Choksi were to return and face a ‘long drawn legal process’, then it would be impossible for Choksi to do so with present jail conditions.
My David Dorsett has further contested the Red Corner Notice sought by India against Mehul Choksi. When asked a straight question by Republic on whether the legal was in touch with Vijay Mallya or his legal representatives who used a similar argument, Dorset replied in the negative, admitting though that he’d ‘heard about the gentleman and his stand on Indian jails.
"We have challenged the Red Corner Notice by India. We have also challenged India’s stand in the matter. Jail conditions in India not as per international standards. Not good enough for my client to undergo legal proceedings," said Choksi's lawyer Dorsett.
Earlier on July 31, unexpected turn of events occurred during the Vijay Mallya extradition hearing in the Westminster Magistrates court in London. Even though the final argument in the case couldn't be heard, as was discussed earlier, the main talking point in the hearing was a rather amusing and bizarre one, as it was focussed on Vijay Mallya's 5-star jail demands.
During the hearing, there was a detailed discussion on the condition of the jail - Mumbai's Arthur Road jail Barrack 12, wherein Vijay Mallya would be lodged if he were to be extradited to India. Mallya's counsel, during the hearing, raised the concern of overcrowding in the jail and also presumed that the condition of the lavatory inside the jail would be dismal. His counsel also raised concern about the condition of the bedding and accommodation in the jail barrack.
This is not the first instance of Mehul Choksi throwing tantrums at the Indian government. Recently, issuing a bizarre statement, Choksi's lawyer said his client might not return to India as he fears being lynched, owing to the public anger against him.
Meanwhile, on Monday, as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) asked Antigua to arrest Mehul Choksi, web portal newsroompost.com put out details of his Antiguan passport.
The passport raised harrowing question as to how did Choksi get the passport issued in the same month that he applied, that is November 2017.
Antiguan and Barbuda government had told Republic TV that Choksi applied for citizenship in November 2017 and that he took the citizenship oath in 2018.
While speaking to Republic TV, newsroompost.com editor Sandeep Sehgal claimed that 'Mehul Choksi is safely residing in Antigua and that the passport copy accessed by the web portal points finger at a larger conspiracy.