Choksi’s lawyer says he’s still a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda


INDIA.COM: Denying media reports regarding the revocation of fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi’s citizenship by an Antiguan civil court, his advocate Vijay Aggarwal said Choksi is still very much an Antiguan citizen and his citizenship has not been revoked. “My client Mehul Choksi has clarified that he is very much an Antiguan citizen. His citizenship has not been revoked,” Aggarwal said.

Mehul Choksi is currently fighting revocation of his citizenship in an Antiguan civil court as Antigua cancelled his citizenship sometime last year.

Lionel Hurst, Chief of Staff to Antigua Prime Minister Gaston Browne, said Mehul Choksi had taken legal recourse and it would take about seven years to resolve the matter.

Speaking to India Today, Lionel Hurst said, “Antigua and Barbuda has attempted to withdraw or revoke the citizenship of Mehul Choksi. However, he has entered a lawsuit in the High Court of Antigua and Barbuda. This matter will take about seven years to be resolved. With enough money to pursue these legal challenges, 2027 is the earliest for a final resolution.”

The report added that as soon as Choksi exhausts his appeal against the revocation of citizenship order, his extradition proceedings will begin as Antiguan Prime Minister Gaston Browne has already assured India of sending him back.

Earlier, Antiguan Prime Minister Gaston Browne had said, the citizenship of fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi, an accused in the multi-crore Punjab National Bank scam, will be revoked and he will be extradited to India once all his legal options are exhausted.

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

Earlier, Choksi in an interview to ANI, had claimed that he is innocent and all allegations against him are false, baseless and motivated by political expediency.

Choksi holds Antiguan citizenship and is the owner of Gitanjali Group, a retail jewellery company. An arrest warrant for Choksi has been issued in connection with the alleged Punjab National Bank fraud case. He was allegedly involved in stock market manipulation in 2013.

Recently Nirav Modi, nephew of Choksi was ordered to be extradited to India from the United Kingdom to face charges of conspiring to defraud PNB of more than a billion dollars, a UK judge ruled.

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  1. He does not belong here, and he is not one of us. The arrest warrant should be honored and he should be sent home to India. There has been too much bad publicity already, and this nonsense gives Antigua bad name.

  2. He is an Antiguan and standing up for his rights to boot, more of us should do so, if Leroy King drawn out his as a Antiguan, I have no problem with this other Antiguan drawing out his, besides if they not giving him back every cent he paid, which I highly doubt, it’s all a sham, if am so bad, have nothing to do with me Or my MONEY.

  3. How in the hell Max Hurst knows how long the court will take to exhaust all appeals? Lawyers don’t even know that.

  4. Mumbai, city, capital of Maharashtra state, southwestern India. It is the country’s financial and commercial centre and its principal port on the Arabian Sea.


  5. Laughing at the antiguan government hahahaha you feel you stronger than people who have money when you have none and try to do other people like how you do poor antiguans? I support mr choski 100 percent he. Bought the citizenship now you want to revoke it after the bman spent 250,000 usd for the thing

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