Interpol issues Red Corner Notice against Mehul Choksi

Mehul Choksi

New Delhi, Dec 13: The Interpol today issued a Red Corner Notice against diamantaire and the PNB fraud accused Mehul Choksi, on request of the Central Bureau of Investigation. 

Choksi, the chairman of the Gitanjali Group who has taken a citizenship in Antigua, is one of the main accused in the Rs 13,500-crore Punjab National Bank fraud case along with his nephew and business associate Nirav Modi.

With the RCN issued against Choksi, any of the 192 member countries of the Interpol, could arrest him, after which extradition or deportation proceedings could begin.

Earlier this year in February, a Blue Corner notice was issued against Nirav Modi and Choksi.

In July, the Interpol had issued an RCN against Nirav following the money laundering charges levelled by the Enforcement Directorate.

The probe agency in October had attached both their assets in India and abroad worth around Rs 218 crore.

Nirav and Mehul fled India in the first week of January, weeks before the scam was unearthed by the CBI.

Choksi was last traced to Antigua, where he has been granted citizenship.

He had taken the oath of allegiance as a citizen of Antigua on January 15. Days after, on January 29, the CBI registered a case and started probing both the accused.


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