New Delhi, Aug 3: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday forwarded Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)’s extradition request to Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for diamantaire Mehul Choski accused in the multi-crore Punjab National Bank fraud (PNB).
The development comes, nearly a week after Gitanjali Gems promoter Choksi was traced to the Caribbean country of Antigua and Barbuda.
Earlier in a day, Investment Unit (CIU) of Antigua said that fugitive Indian jeweller was granted citizenship of the Carribean country after “robust due diligence” and “international investigation” by “reputable agencies”, including the International Criminal Police Organisation and the CARICOM Implementing Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS).
The Antigua government also stated that it received clearance certificate by Mumbai Police and the External Affairs Ministry.
In a detailed statement, the citizenship authority said the businessman’s application was received in May 2017 with necessary documentary requirements, including a police clearance certificate.
“The said police clearance certificate from the government of India, Ministry of External Affairs Regional Passport Office, Mumbai, certified that there was no adverse information against Mehul Chinubbhai Choksi which would render him ineligible for grant of travel facilities including visa for Antigua and Barbuda”.
Choksi, who is one of the prime accused in the Rs 14,356 PNB scam, had taken an oath of citizenship in Antigua this January.