Wanted diamantaire Mehul Choksi, who reached Antigua and Barbuda on Thursday after spending 52 days in Dominica, has stated he had “seriously [been] considering” returning to India to show his innocence till now, however after an “inhuman abrasion kidnapping” by Indian businesses, he’s “extremely apprehensive about his safety in India”.

In an audio message shared with HT by his lawyer Vijay Aggarwal, Choksi stated – “I am back home but this torture has left permanent scars on my psychology and physically, rather, permanent scars on my soul. I could never imagine that after closing down all my business and seizing all my properties, a kidnapping attempt would be made on me by the Indian agencies. I was always hearing about it but I never believed that they could go to this extent.”

Choksi, who was allowed to return to Antigua by the Dominica excessive courtroom on Monday “strictly for medical treatment”, stated he was exercising his authorized rights in Antigua when this alleged “kidnapping was hatched by Indian agencies”.

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“Also, many times I have said that due to my poor health I am not able to travel and offered the Indian agencies to visit here (Antigua) and interrogate me. But this inhuman abrasion kidnapping was never expected by me,” the 62-year-old businessman, who has an Interpol purple discover towards him, stated.

He mysteriously went lacking from Antigua, whose citizenship he holds, on May 23 and was present in Dominica, 200km away, the following day, following which his household alleged he was kidnapped by officers from India and Antigua with the assistance of 1 Barbara Jarabik and dropped at Dominica in a vessel.

To make sure, each India and Antigua have rejected the kidnapping claims.

“Though till now, I have been seriously considering return[ing] to prove my innocence in India. My medical condition is very bad and it has worsened like anything in the last over 50 days of my kidnapping and I am extremely apprehensive about my safety in India. This was so inhuman…I don’t know if I will be able to come back in a normal mental or physical condition,” Choksi added, talking for the primary time since his seize.

Following his arrival in Dominica on May 24, India had sought his direct deportation on the bottom that he was a prohibited immigrant there and continues to carry Indian citizenship.

The Dominica excessive courtroom on Monday adjourned sine die all of the proceedings towards Choksi there and allowed him to journey again to Antigua until he’s match to journey and stand trial, which has made officers in New Delhi consider that they missed a “golden opportunity”.

India claimed that Choksi was the mastermind of 13,578 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) rip-off and owes 7,080 crore ($952 million).

Observers in Delhi really feel that Dominica has rid itself of Choksi by agreeing to his bail on Monday as the entire episode has induced embarrassment to governments within the Caribbean.


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