ED attached my property on baseless allegations, says Mehul Choksi

Mehul Choksi

St. John’s (Antigua and Barbuda) , Sep 11  :Mehul Choksi, one of the key accused in the Rs 13,600 crore PNB scam, has said that all allegations levelled by the Enforcement Directorate as “false and baseless”.

“All the allegations levelled by the ED are false and baseless. They (the ED) have attacked my properties illegally without there being any basis of the same,” he said in an undated video made available to news agency ANI.

Prime accused in the over USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank scam along with his nephew Nirav Modi, Choksi is absconding and is currently in Antigua.

He said that he also tried to revoke the suspension of his passport with the Indian authorities.

 

“The passport authorities revoked my passport altogether in view of which I was immobilise. On February 16, I received an email from the passport office which said that my passport has been suspended due to reasons of security threat to India. On February 20, I sent an email to the regional passport office, Mumbai, requesting them to revoke the suspension of my passport. However, I did not receive any reply from the regional passport office,” he said.

Choksi was replying to a set of questions sent by ANI and that were asked by his lawyer in Antigua.

“The passport authorities revoked my passport altogether in view of which I was immobilise. On February 16, I received an email from the passport office which said that my passport has been suspended due to reasons of security threat to India. On February 20, I sent an email to the regional passport office, Mumbai, requesting them to revoke the suspension of my passport. However, I did not receive any reply from the regional passport office,” he said.

The regional passport office did not give an explanation as to why my passport has been suspended and how I was a security threat to India. Hence, as my passport was suspended, there was no question of surrendering the same,” stated Choksi.

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