Fugitive Diamantaire Mehul Choksi Missing In Antigua, Says Lawyer

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There were media reports in Antigua that the police had started a manhunt for Mehul Choksi. (File)

New Delhi:

The fugitive Diamantaire Mehul Choksi, wanted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED), has disappeared in Antigua and Barbuda.

For the first time, Choksi’s attorney Vijay Aggarwal confirmed that he is missing in the island nation.

In an exclusive statement to ANI, his lawyer said: “Mr. Mehul Choksi is missing. His family members are concerned and concerned and called me to discuss. The police in Antigua are investigating. The family is in the dark and concerned for his safety.”

There were media reports in Antigua that the police had started a manhunt for Mehul Choksi. It was reported that Choksi left his house last night to have dinner at a well-known restaurant in the south of the island and was never seen again. His vehicle was discovered in Jolly Harbor later that evening, but no trace of it, the Antigua newsroom reported.

Choksi was involved in a legal battle to stop his extradition to India and answer fraud allegations against him. The police have yet to issue a statement on the matter, the Antigua newsroom reported.

In the media reports on his citizenship revocation issue, attorney Vijay Aggarwal was a citizen of an Antiguan civil court. His lawyer Vijay Aggarwal had made it clear that “my client Mehul Choksi made it clear that he is an Antiguan citizen. His citizenship did not.” has been revoked. “

Earlier, Antiguan Prime Minister Gaston Browne said the volatile diamond Mehul Choksi, charged with fraud against the Punjab National Bank, would be revoked and extradited to India once all his legal options were exhausted.

Choksi, 61, is an India-born businessman living in Antigua and Barbuda and wanted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Previously, in an interview with ANI, Choksi claimed he was innocent and that all allegations against him were false, unfounded and motivated by political expediency.

Choksi is a citizen of Antiguan and owns the Gitanjali Group, a jewelry retail company. An arrest warrant has been issued against Choksi in connection with the alleged fraud of the Punjab National Bank. He was allegedly involved in stock market manipulation in 2013.

Recently, Choksi’s nephew Nirav Modi was extradited from the UK to India on charges of more than $ 1 billion in conspiracy to defraud PNB, a British judge ruled.

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