Mehul Choksi has claimed earlier than the Dominica excessive courtroom that Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) joint director, Anurag, wrote to Dominican authorities on May 25, two days after he went lacking from Antigua and Barbuda, in search of his deportation to India.

The fugitive diamantaire has alleged that the best way India came upon about his detention in Dominica and issued a requesting letter with “such swiftness” reveals “there was some collusion between two governments”.

Choksi made these claims in an affidavit filed earlier than the excessive courtroom earlier this week in help of his plea in search of judicial overview of the unlawful entry proceedings towards him. He has connected the letter, purportedly signed by the senior CBI officer on May 25, who heads the Bank Securities and Fraud Cell (BSFC) within the company, and shared with him by Dominica’s prosecution division. HT has reviewed the affidavit.

The doc says that India was making an effort to get Choksi deported to India straight, with out involving any courtroom course of.

After Choksi filed a habeas corpus petition within the Dominica excessive courtroom alleging abduction, India moved courtroom on June 8, in search of his deportation on the grounds that he continues to be an Indian citizen and ought to be despatched to India to face expenses. The authorized course of in courts might take time because the matter is already adjourned until August and is predicted to stretch until the top of the 12 months.

To make sure, governments often have direct communication with one another on issues of deportation because it’s an administrative course of.

Anurag, who goes by solely his first identify, didn’t reply to HT’s calls on Saturday.

The information about Choksi lacking from Antigua got here into the general public area on May 25, when Antiguan Prime Minister Gaston Browne and the police there issued statements saying the businessman went lacking on May 23 night and a search was on for him.

According to official Dominican information, he was apprehended in its territory on May 24, and was charged for unlawful entry the subsequent day. The Dominica police has mentioned earlier than the excessive courtroom that it established Choksi’s identification solely on May 27, when his driver’s licence was obtained.

Choksi’s lawyer Vijay Aggarwal and his spouse Priti Choksi have, nevertheless, alleged he was kidnapped from Antigua by 7-Eight males, tortured and delivered to Dominica in a vessel.

“There is overwhelming evidence on record to show that various important people knew that Mehul Choksi has been detained in Dominica on May 25 itself, though it was declared to the world and his family much later and the stand of Dominica police is that they got the identity of Mehul Choksi confirmed only on May 27, when they found his driving license. So, this all speaks volume. Less said the better,” Aggarwal mentioned on Saturday.

Choksi has claimed in his affidavit {that a} plan to abduct and take him to Dominica was hatched solely after the Indian authorities realised that extradition proceedings in Antigua would take very lengthy.

The fugitive has additionally annexed the investigation report of the Antigua police, which he claims was obtained by his authorized staff unofficially, and concludes that his “claim of abduction is credible”.

Both Antigua & Barbuda and Dominica governments have rejected the allegations.

The Indian authorities has sought Choksi’s deportation on the bottom that he masterminded the Punjab National Bank rip-off price $952 million and that he continues to be an Indian citizen as his declaration for renunciation of citizenship was by no means accepted by the ministry of residence affairs (MHA).

Choksi has acknowledged within the affidavit that he’ll current knowledgeable proof to problem this declare of the Indian authorities.


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