Mehul Choksi Might be Liable Under Passport Act
In yet another twist in the Rs 13,000 crore PNB fraud case, sources have revealed that Mehul Choksi did not surrender his passport before acquiring a different citizenship, therefore, is liable under the Passport Act. The development has come into light when an Indian envoy is scheduled to meet Antigua officials today. While the fugitive diamond merchant is learnt to have hired a lawyer to fight his case in Antigua, India has sought the help of the island-country in ensuring that Choksi doesn’t leave the territory, reported ANI on Monday.
India had reportedly alerted the Antigua and Barbuda Government to confirm his presence in their territory and detain him and prevent his movement by land, air or sea, said ANI.
Last week, had issued a statement saying he was a lawful citizen of Antigua and he applied for its citizenship “to expand business interest in the Caribbean”. He claimed that he got the citizenship of Antigua before the scam surfaced. “My application was motivated by the desire to expand my business interest in the Caribbean and to obtain visa-free access to 130 or so countries.”
Choksi had also claimed that he faced a threat to his life from his former employees and debtors following recent lynching incidents in the country. He said that many people have been attacked in India and that has made him scared. He stated in an application, “There have been various cases of mob lynching in India. This recent trend of mob lynching and general public giving justice on the road is growing. Even the applicant faces a similar threat as there are several persons who have grievances and anger against him (Choksi).” The statement followed summons by a special court of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in Mumbai against Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi. The court has asked them to appear before September 25 and September 26 or stand the risk of being declared Fugitive Economic Offenders.
PostedOn: 30 Jul 2018
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