Mehul Choksi challenged move to revoke citizenship: Lawyer

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SOURCE: Hindustan Times — Fugitive Mehul Choksi has challenged the Antigua and Barbuda government initiating the process to cancel his citizenship granted under the Caribbean nation’s Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) in November 2017, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

HT reported on Monday that two officers in the Central Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate said that Choksi’s citizenship was cancelled sometime last year and he was fighting the order to revoke his citizenship in an Antiguan court.

Vijay Aggarwal, Choksi’s lawyer in India, said: “My client Mehul Choksi has clarified that he is very much an Antiguan citizen. His citizenship has not been revoked.”

According to people aware of the developments, Choksi was issued a show-cause notice by Antigua and Barbuda authorities last year as part of the process to cancel his citizenship.

Lionel Hurst, chief of staff to Antigua Prime Minister Gaston Browne, said the process to strip Choksi of his citizenship will take time.

Hurst told news channel India Today that the government attempted to revoke Choksi’s citizenship but he filed 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.” Choksi can move the Court of Appeals and the Privy Council in London if he loses in the HC.

Comments from Hurst, Antigua’s immigration department and the Antiguan PM’s office were not available till the time of print.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Haven’t we heard enough of this guy. It’s time to send him home to India. Who wants him here? Name just one, please.

  2. Gaston Browne:Just ask India for an aircraft.Put his behinds on it in the middle of the night.Send him a packing back to India.By the time the news breaks.He would be back in an Indian lock up.End of Choksi as we have known him to be in Antigua.

  3. Hi, I am from India. People in Carrabean Islands may not know much about this fugitive called Mehul Choksi..

    He is most wanted criminal who looted billions of Dollars of Indian people’s savings kept in several banks. He also cheated millions of people who invested in his companies & 1000s of employees.

    He is a big cheater & very intelligent crook. Involved in biggest banking scam in India & looted billions of dollars of poor people money kept in banks.

    Not a word he says can be trusted. He is very good story tellar with crocodile tears & very smart operator to find ways to escape from procecution. What’s all kinds of crimes he committed in India are available in Google search.. there are several chargesheets on him by Indian police in several states..

    Interestingly.. the basis on which Mehul Choksi got Antigua citizenship is itself based on false declaration that he didn’t have any criminal cases/ proceedings against him in India in 2017 when he applied for his Antigua citizenship.. But from 2014 itself there were almost 30-40 FIRs / criminal cases filed in various courts all over India against him by several people in India from all states.

    This info is very much supplied to all Government investigation agencies.

    He must have bribed his way into getting Antiguan citizen ship as he has lots & lots of the looted booty of dollars from Indian banks.

    So based on that It’s not difficult to get his citizenship cancelled by Anitgua as the Antiguan PM himself is ready to cancel his citizenship.

    Once his citizenship is cancelled He can be deported to India as he is most wanted criminal in India & also has Interpole look out notices issued on him..

    I don’t know why both Antiguan & Indian Government is not doing this.

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