The Enforcement Directorate has started the extradition process for Mehul Choksi, Nirav Modi’s maternal uncle, and co-accused in the Rs 13,500 cr Punjab National Bank scam. Choksi, owner of the Gitanjali group that deals in Jewellery, fled the country after the scam surfaced.
Earlier this year, Choksi surrendered his Indian passport to the High Commission in Guyana, and took up the citizenship of Antigua & Barbuda, a country in the Caribbean Sea.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had met with Foreign Minister of Antigua & Barbuda on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly last year and had raised the matter.
Along with an extradition request for Nirav Modi to UK, India had also sent a similar request for Choksi to Antigua last year.