Date Set For Choksi Hearing

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A High Court judge has set December 12 as the date for the start of the hearings into a matter in which an Indian billionaire businessman is challenging his extradition to answer allegations that he orchestrated a multi-million-dollar scam at Punjab National Bank.

Attorney Dr. David Dorsett said his client, Mehul Choksi is challenging section 9(4) of the Extradition Act which states that “on receipt of any such request the Minister may issue an authority to proceed unless it appears to him that an order for the return of the person concerned could not lawfully be made, or would not in fact be made, in accordance with the provisions of this Act”.

Justice Rita Joseph Olivetti gave the December dateline for the hearing earlier this week.

Choksi is suing the Antigua and Barbuda government and its Ministry of External Affairs after the Indian based Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) submitted an extradition plea before the Antigua and Barbuda authorities and the request is now being looked into by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Dorsette

The government has said it will not be threatened by any lawsuit from Choksi and his lawyers and they will continue with the extradition process.

Choksi was granted Antigua and Barbuda citizenship in November 2017. The diamond tycoon, who is the owner of the Gitanjali Group, a retail jewellery company with 4,000 stores in India, became a citizen of the Caribbean island through its Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP).

The CIP is an initiative used by several Caribbean countries to lure foreign investors with the promise of citizenship on conditions that they make a substantial contribution to the socio-economic development of the particular island.

Earlier this year, Dorsett, said his client has challenged a request for a Red-corner notice by the Indian government to the International police Organisation (INTERPOL).

“Mr Choksi has … submitted to the INTERPOL reasons why a Red-corner notice should not be issued because among other things, jail conditions in India are below international human rights standards and if he returns to India, he would be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment,” Dorsett told a local radio station here.

A `Red-corner notice is an arrest warrant circulated by INTERPOL on behalf of the government of a particular country. It is a request from one country to another to arrest and deport the wanted individual.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. WHEN MONEY TALKS, PEOPLE RUN

    Whatever else crawls, walks or runs, Choksi money talks.

    As Indian authorities ‘…Chased after him for their Money,’ Choksi is giving the Antiguan and Barbudan authorities a ‘…Run with ‘HIS’ Money.’

    Such has been the irony and audacity of a man seemingly ‘…rescued with a nationality’ from almost certain residency in an Indian penitentiary.

  2. I do not know this man and I am sure he is not perfect, but in this case I believe he is innocent of the charges leveled against him in India. If you do research about this bank that failed in India, it was just simply a bank that gave out generous loans and Choksi accepted the loans to grow his business. Now when the bank has problems, they blame him. It’s all very political.

    Choksi is an Antiguan citizen and we have a duty to protect our citizen from undue political persecution. We cannot continue to let big countries bully Antigua into just giving up our citizens just because the big countries tell us to. India is a corrupt country, does anybody believe that the banks and government there in India conduct themselves properly?

    Protect Choksi, protect our Antiguan citizen, he is 100% innocent until proven guilty – that’s my opinion!

    • @ trr Did you know that Indians a usually anti-Semitic? Check Trinidad and Guyana for the proof. Even in India the darker skin Indians are usually disadvantage. Speak to a Bangladeshi.

      He is using the people of Antigua. Papa Bird was well aware of that fact when making certain decisions.

      Money Vs the pride of a Nation. Round two of the wealthy Vs US, Stanford was round one.

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