India Seeks To Fast-track Mehul Choksi’s Extradition


Cracking down on fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi, the Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday has stepped up its efforts getting back Choksi from Antigua. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that the government was putting all efforts on ground to expedite Choksi’s extradition – a key accused in the alleged Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam. He also said that Nirav Modi’s hearing too is currently in progress in a London court.

“The case of Nirav Modi is under litigation and is heard at West Minister court in London. The call over video link hearing is scheduled today. We are putting in all our efforts in both cases (Choksi and Modi) on the ground to expedite the extradition,” he said in the MEA’s weekly briefing.

Court refuses to cancel warrant

Earlier on December 13, a Mumbai special court refused to cancel a non-bailable warrant issued against Choksi. Last week, the court had rejected a similar plea made by him, seeking cancellation of a warrant issued in a case registered by the Enforcement Directorate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act in the PNB scam. In his plea before the CBI court, Choksi claimed that he could not travel to India because of his medical condition and also because he was facing a threat to his life.

Choksi to be extradited soon: Antigua PM

Previously in September, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne said economic fugitive Mehul Choksi is a ‘crook’ and it is just a matter of time before he will be extradited to India. He added that the country’s judiciary was probing into his case and that they were not interested in having Mehul Choksi in Antigua and Barbuda. Mehul Choksi has been in Antigua and Barbuda after he was granted citizenship of the Island nation on January 15, 2018, after he fled India.

Both Choksi and Nirav Modi have been absconding from India. They are the main accused of defrauding India’s second-largest state-run bank PNB to the tune of over Rs 13,000 crore. Switzerland-based Banks locked down four bank accounts of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi in connection with the PNB scam, after reliable inputs from the ED to the Swiss government. Nirav Modi is currently in custody in London after he was denied bail again. He has been declared a fugitive economic offender under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act by the special PMLA court in connection with PNB bank scam.


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    Fast Track?

    Not sure which is faster, the ‘…John I Motor Circuit’ or the ‘…North Sound Motor Circuit.’

    Maybe the ‘…All Saints or Anchorage Roads.’

    Fast Track is not the same with ‘…Extradition Proceedings,’ particularly where no such proceedings have been formally instituted before the Judiciary.’

    Even as has been described, ‘…Mehul Choksi is neither ‘…an Economic Fugitive’ nor ‘…a Crook.’

    He is said to be a ‘…Billionaire.’

    Except vying for ‘…elective office,’ no man of a ‘…substantial financial status,’ runs from the law for economic.

    Thus, there is no evidence that he is ‘…running for economic reasons,’ or because he is ‘…crooked or had been engaged in ‘…crookedness.’

    This is certainly not the language of Indian authorities.

    The truth is ‘…Mehul Choksi’ is not running.

    Only expending his money to ‘…judicially fight the host country.’

    Do listen to Peter Tosh’s ‘…Maga Dog’ song [You Tube].

    Considering that which the ‘…Indian authorities; …Local and Social media’ had disseminated for ‘…governmental considerations’ and ‘…public information,’ there was never a ‘…request for the extradition of an economic fugitive or a Crook.’

    No Sah. Something else.

    Accepting that the said authorities have declared him a ‘…Fugitive From Justice,’ this is a man on the ‘…Run from a Pen’ (penitentiary).

    Indian authorities have alleged that ‘…Mehul Choksi, along with others known,’ had ‘…defrauded the Punjab National Bank (PNB), a ‘…Government-owned and run financial institution of US$1 Billion'[Times of India: Wikipedia].


    Know what?

    Both nations could win.

    The ‘…Indian authorities’ only want the ‘…Antiguan and Barbudan authorities’ to send him back with some of the ‘…alleged defrauded proceeds.’

    If left pauperized by the ‘…apparent unwinnable judicial fights and hefty legal fees,’ sure the ‘…Indian authorities’ would not mind him being sent back, where he could be ‘…penned in for a while.’

    Conversely, sure local authorities would not mind if he would ‘…stay on for a while’ and start investing some of the proceeds to ‘…help boost economic growth.’

  3. This guy is totally innocent and our Antigua government should protect him 100%. He’s being persecuted because of domestic politics in India, not because of an actual crime. I hope Choksi takes his case all the way to the Privy Council.

    Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a competent court of law – the government of Antigua cannot revoke the citizenship of an innocent man.

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