New Delhi, July 30 : India has asked Antigua and Barbuda Government to confirm PNB scam fugitive Mehul Choksi’s presence in their territory and requested the authorities to detain him so as to restrict his movements by land, sea and air.
This development comes after New Delhi received information about his presence in the Caribbean island.
Indian High Commissioner is meeting relevant authorities in Antigua & Barbuda Government on Monday on Mehul Choksi issue, government sources said on Monday.
India has requested the island nation both verbally and in writing to detain Mehul and requested the authorities there to restrict his movements by land, sea and air.
“Our high commissioner is meeting the relevant authorities in A&B government today. We continue to liaise with relevant GOI agencies and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda to follow up on this matter,” the source said.
Indian High Commissioner is meeting relevant authorities in Antigua & Barbuda Government today on #MehulChoksi issue,had alerted the A&B Government in writing and verbally,to confirm his presence in their territory and detain him&prevent his movement by land,air or sea: Sources
— ANI (@ANI) July 30, 2018
“As soon as MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) received information of the likely presence of Mehul Choksi in Antigua, our High Commission in Georgetown had alerted the A&B (Antigua and Barbuda) government, in writing and verbally, to confirm his presence in their territory and detain him and prevent his movement by land, air or sea,” a government source said.
Last week, Choksi reportedly claimed he had taken Antigua citizenship last year to expand his business as the passport of the Caribbean nation provides visa-free travel to 132 countries.
Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi are being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation after it was detected that they allegedly cheated the Punjab National Bank of more than Rs 13,400 crore with the purported involvement of a few of the lender’s employees.