The Indian Government dispatched Ambassador Manpreet Vohra to Antigua and Barbuda to follow-up on the request by the Government of India for the extradition of Mr. Mehul Choksi, the CIP citizen of Antigua and Barbuda who is wanted by law enforcement authorities in India on fraud charges.
Ambassador Vohra flew into VC Bird on Friday afternoon, August 3, 2018, and proceeded immediately to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he held a meeting with Foreign Minister E.P. Chet Greene and his team. He was accompanied by High Commissioner Venkatachalan Mahalingam, who is the accredited representative to Antigua and Barbuda, and who had on Monday engaged PM Browne and his team on the Choksi matter. Dr. Pradip Choudhary, a senior legal consultant with the Government of India, also joined the meeting.
Ambassador Manpreet Vohra, during his meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs E.P. Chet Greene and senior officials, informed that the Government of India was officially seeking the extradition of Mr. Mehul Choksi and he presented Minister Greene with the formal documentation requesting Choksi’s extradition. Ambassador Vohra handed over a letter from the Minister of External Affairs of India, H.E. Sushma Swaraj, to Minister Greene which will begin the extradition process.
‘I give you the assurance,’ Minister Greene said, ‘that the Government of Antigua and Barbuda will be a responsible actor and will cooperate with the Government of India in this matter. There are procedural steps that need to be followed, but behind it all you will find in us a Government committed to the rule of law.’
The Indian team held a follow-up meeting with Foreign Minister Greene over the weekend before flying out of VC Bird on Sunday.