Court blocks Mehul Choski’s repatriation from Dominica

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Nature Isle News (NIN): A battery of lawyers comprising Wayne Norde, Wayne Marsh, Cara Shillingford-Marsh, and Julian Prevost have petitioned the court and obtained an Order in the High Court in Roseau to stop the Chief Immigration Officer from repatriating Indian-born fugitive Mehul Choksi from Dominica.

Choksi was reported missing on Sunday, May 23, 2021, by a family member, sparking a manhunt for him. Local police in Antigua said they were seeking help from local and regional law enforcement counterparts and had asked Interpol to issue a yellow notice list.

The businessman, who took citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda in 2017 using the Citizenship by Investment programme before fleeing India in the first week of January 2018, was last seen on Sunday in his car.

He is wanted in his home country for his alleged involvement in a US multi-billion-dollar bank fraud.

The Government of Dominica through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have confirmed that Choski is in Dominica and they are doing their due diligence before returning him back to Antigua.

Speaking to Nature Isle News (NIN) Wayne Marsh explained that the police have infringed on the constitutional rights of Choski.

“We were denied access to our client and on May 27, 2021, at about 7:30 am I was finally given access to speak to him and noticed that he was severely beaten, his eyes swollen, and had several burnt marks on his body. He reported to me that he was abducted at Jolly Harbour in Antigua and brought to Dominica by persons whom he believes to be Indian and Antiguan police on a vessel he describes to be about 60-70 feet in length and arrived on Sunday in a local he is not familiar with and the following day Monday he was taken by the Coast Guard Police to a location in Roseau,” Marsh stated.

According to him, while speaking to Mr. Chocki, Inspector Daniel asked them to leave as they were not allowed to speak to him. He described the situation as “quite troubling” given the fact the Choski is a CARICOM citizen.

The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court In the High Court of Justice Commonwealth of Dominica

DOM HCV 117 OF 2021

BETWEEN:

MEHUL CHOKS

APPLICANT

AND

THE ATIORNEY GENERAL OF COMMONWEALTH OF DOMINICA CHIEF OF POLICE

RESPONDENTS

BeforeHonourable Madam Justice M E Birnie Stephenson Dated27th day of May, 2021

Entered:   day of     2021

DRAFT ORDER

UPON HEARING Mr. Julian Prevost, Mr. Wayne Norde, Mrs Cara Shillingford-Marsh and Mr.Wayne Marsh Attorneys at Law for the Applicant

AND UPON READING the Certificate of Urgency and the Exparte Notice of Application and Affidavit in Support of Mrs. Cara Shillingford- Marsh sworn to and filed on behalf of the Applicant on the 271t1 day of May,2021 with exhibits

AND UPOCounsel  Mr. Wayne Norde undertaking to file the sworn affidavit of Mr Mehul Choks

AND UPON reading the unsworn affidavit of Mr Mehul Choks

AND UPON Consideration of Section 3(3) and 8 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica

IT IS ORDERED that:

  1. That the Attorney General and the Commissioner of Police whether by themselves, their servants, agents and/or representatives be restrained from depriving the Applicant access to Legal Counsel and /Legal Representation;
  2. That the applicant be allowed to meet with his Legal Counsel forthwith;
  3. That the defendants be restrained whether by themselves, servants, agents and/or representatives from removing the applicant from The Commonwealth of Dominica until further or other hearing of this application;
  4. This order is to be served immediately on the Defendants by email and fax and in person, and the Head of Immigration at the Douglas Charles Airport by email and fax;
  5. This matter will be heard urgently at 9:00 AM in the forenoon on Friday 28tMay

2021;

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Where do we go from here?

    The legal saga has just kicked off and obviously some people will be rattling in their shoes wondering how this will all play out. They may need a third and fourth covid jab.
    This is how life becomes when we dabble in corruption and sleaze.
    As I said earlier to a previous article, it will all come down to how well the warring parties play their hands at this game of chess and jigsaw puzzle. The attorneys representing Mr. Choksi seem to be at the top of the game at this point.
    A drowning man fighting for his life in the open ocean; will not let go of even the thin water-rotten log he has grabbed on to.

    All being said, the legal ramblings must be allowed to take their full course or else international standards could be flaunted and that would bring people and nations into disrepute with proper legislative procedures.

    This can become a classic case study.

    Sadly though, the government at the forefront of this saga remains completely SILENT. The major stakeholder: The attorney general and minister of Foreign Affairs of Antigua & Barbuda are muted.

    If it turns out that Mr. Choksi was indeed abducted from Antigua and beaten….. well … the situation would have really crossed into INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL JURSIDICTION.

    My lovely, corrupt island caught in a TANGLE once again.

    As the world turns, so does the mess we weave for this poor nation.

    We just cannot take it anymore.

    Mr. Minister of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Attorney General: Coast Guard: QUESTIONS ARE ASKED AND ANSWERS MUST BE FORTH COMING.

    IF ABDUCTION IS INDEED VERIFIED: THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY WILL AND MUST GET REAL AND TRUTHFUL ANSWERS.

    WORLD “CRYSIS”: BELIEVE ME …. THE END IS SOON! WHEN ALL COME TUMBLING DOWN.

    • Hi, I am from India.
      Mehul Choksi is most wanted criminal who looted billions of Dollars from India, cheated millions of investors & 1000s of employees. He is a big cheater & very intelligent crook. Involved in biggest banking scam in India & looted poor people’s money kept in banks.

      Mehul Choksi got Antigua citizenship in 2017 with false declaration that he didn’t have any criminal cases on him.. while there were 30-40 criminal cases on him since 2014 in several courts in India & chargesheets filed by police.

      He got the Antiguan citizenship by producing false documents. All his crimes committed in India are available allover the internet/Google. Don’t think any due diligence is done by Antiguan authorities before granting citizenship.

      He got lots of money looted from India & so Possibly he must have bribed Antiguan authorities to get his citizenship. Hence it must be cancelled & he must be deported to India to keep up the goodwill of carabian islands in the world..

  2. QUESTIONS THAT MUST BE ANSWERED:

    1. Who is the owner of the yacht/boat that was used to take this man to Dominica?

    2. Where is that yacht/boat now?

    3. From what area did the yacht depart Antigua?

    4. Where is that yacht registered?

    A thorough investigation must be carried out before any extradition can be done. The quick move to get rid of the evidence is a trick that must be stopped forthwith.

    Let us face truth: Once Mr. Choksi is back in India. AMEN! Story closed! India could care less how he is able to be removed from Antigua. Their only concern is to have him back there. International regulations say otherwise.

    All evidence must remain so a proper and complete investigation can be done. NO COVER UP.

    WORLD “CRYSIS”: TRUTH MUST BE TOLD AND WILL BE REVEALED REGARDLESS OF WHO LIKE IT OR NOT

    • 1. Who is the owner of the yacht/boat that was used to take this man to Dominica?

      2. Where is that yacht/boat now?

      3. From what area did the yacht depart Antigua?

      4. Where is that yacht registered?

      EXACTLYYYYYYYYY! There are too many loose ends with either his story or the reporting. Where was he beaten? On the yacht? When he was kidnapped? In Antigua?

  3. This is getting murky and murkier by the hour. I am not a private eye. I were never in Law Enforcement anywhere. However,this matter smells like fish. It is stinking from the head. Would this matter affect our CIP Passports sales in the future. Was Choksi intentionally kidnapped to Dominica. Because Antigua could not send him back to India. Until his Court matters are resolved. Which could be in the Courts for years. Remember that Leroy King matter in the Courts. It took several years before a resolution at the Privy Council.When the truth comes out.I hope Antigua’s name is not tarnished around the WORLD.

    • Hope he is sent back to India as quickly as possible. He will be safe there. They have a very honest and widely respected legal system. India is where he belongs.

      • Careful what you wish for. They are waiting for him in India and that’s exactly the reason he’s been fighting tooth and nail to not be sent back….for fair of not getting a fair trial.

  4. What type of fish is this? Ordinary fish, Tuna, Shark, Whale, Stingray, etc: please, i want to know. There are more questions than answers. If Choski comes back to Antigua/Barbuda, mouth open story jump out. This is what happens when we delay doing what is to be done. What sweet in the mouth will be sour in the bambam. Oh, Antigua labd of nothing but………..

  5. Hi, I am from India.
    Mehul Choksi is most wanted criminal who looted billions of Dollars from India, cheated millions of investors & 1000s of employees. He is a big cheater & very intelligent crook. Involved in biggest banking scam in India & looted poor people’s money kept in banks.

    Mehul Choksi got Antigua citizenship in 2017 with false declaration that he didn’t have any criminal cases on him.. while there were 30-40 criminal cases on him since 2014 in several courts in India & chargesheets filed by police.

    He got the Antiguan citizenship by producing false documents. All his crimes committed in India are available allover the internet/Google. Don’t think any due diligence is done by Antiguan authorities before granting citizenship.

    He got lots of money looted from India & so Possibly he must have bribed Antiguan authorities to get his citizenship. Hence it must be cancelled & he must be deported to India to keep up the goodwill of carabian islands in the world..

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