Mehul Choksi Surrenders Indian Passport To Antigua Government

Fugitive business tycoon Mehul Choksi, key accused in Punjab National Bank (PNB) has surrendered his Indian passport to Antigua government in order to avoid extradition to India.

Mehul Choksi Surrenders Indian Passport To Antigua Government Mehul Choksi Surrenders Indian Passport To Antigua Government Source : Press

Fugitive business tycoon Mehul Choksi, key accused in Punjab National Bank (PNB) has surrendered his Indian passport to Antigua government in order to avoid extradition to India. 

Choksi, 59, has also submitted $177 with his passport (Z-3396732) to the Indian High Commission in Antigua. Choksi undertook this step as the foreign ministry had said that he cannot have dual citizenship. According to officials, he has given his new address as Jolly Harbour Marks, Antigua.

The jewellar, who acquired Antiguan citizenship after he escaped from India last year, professed that he has agreed to settle the loan amount to PNB. Choksi also denied that he fled the country to defraud the bank. 

In 2018, the Indian ministry of external affairs had nullified the passports of Mehul Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi, who is accused in the Rs 11,400 crore in PNB fraud case. However, Choksi claims that his case is "completely different" from that of his nephew.

According to the lawyers of Choksi, "The case of accused (Choksi) is completely different from the case of accused Nirav Modi and the accused always had sanctioned limits (for LoU transactions at PNB) and Enforcement Directorate has attached the jewellery of the flagship companies of the accused in respect of the first CBI FIR pertaining to Nirav Modi even though the has got nothing to do with it".



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