Mehul Choksi never cooperated in probe: ED to Mumbai court

Mehul Choksi

Mumbai, June 22 : Diamantaire Mehul Choksi, accused in the multi-crore Punjab National Bank scam, is a “fugitive and absconder” and never cooperated in investigation, the Enforcement Directorate stated in its affidavit submitted in a Mumbai court.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday informed a Mumbai court that it was willing to provide an air ambulance with medical experts to bring Mehul Choksi from Antigua to India and provide him with all necessary treatment in India.

Mehul Choksi, a key accused in the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam, on Monday told the Bombay High Court that he left India for medical check-up and not to avoid prosecution in the case.

The Enforcement Directorate said, “He (Mehul Choksi) never cooperated in investigation. Non bailable warrant was issued against him. A Red Notice was issued by the Interpol. He has refused to return, he is therefore, a fugitive and an absconder.”

Condtradicting Choksi’s claims that his assets worth Rs 6129 crore were seized, ED said it has attached assets worth only Rs 2100 crore during probe.

The Enforcement Directorate has rejected jeweller Mehul Choksi’s offer to join investigation into the alleged fraud he and his nephew Nirav Modi caused to Punjab National Bank.

Choksi, who is the main accused in 13,700 crore Punjab National Bank scam, fled to Antigua and attained its citizenship to save himself from arrest.

On June 17, Mehul Choksi had submitted an affidavit in the Mumbai High Court, stating that he is residing in Antigua and was willing to co-operate in the investigation into Rs. 13,000 crore-Punjab National Bank scam.

Showing his willingness to cooperate with the investigating agencies — Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) — he sought a direction to them to conduct the investigation in Antigua.

Choksi, currently based in the Caribbean nation of Antigua, told the high court that he would return to India as soon as he is medically fit to travel.

Choksi claimed he left the country on January 4, 2018, while as per the Punjab National Bank; the alleged fraud came to their knowledge on January 16, 2018.

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