So here comes the latest twist in the unending yarn of fugitive Indian tycoon Mehul Choksi’s mysterious sojourn in Dominica. The alleged mastermind of the Rs 13,000 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case may have been caught off guard while he was on a romantic trip to the Caribbean island nation with his girlfriend.
The latest revelation has been reportedly made by Antigua Prime Minister Gaston Browne who claimed that the diamond businessman may have visited Dominica from Antigua to have a good time with his girlfriend but he made an error of judgment making the trip and could be deported to India.
According to media reports, Gaston Browne in an interview explained the fact that his government could not deport him since Mehul Choksi enjoyed the citizenship of the country, which he further informed could be revoked as the issue is not yet settled due to the non-disclosure of information.
The runaway diamantaire was arrested by the Dominican Police on May 26, following which he was reportedly beaten up and tortured by the officials. He had red swollen eyes and bruises on his hands in the pictures emerging in the media. Mehul Choksi was held after the Antiguan authorities issued an Interpol Yellow Notice against him after his family reported him missing.
However, speculations are rife that the wanted Indian magnate was trying to flee to Cuba as India doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the South American country. Though, his lawyers have been claiming that Mehul Choksi was abducted from Antigua by officials with Indian links and taken to Dominica.
Mystery over Mehul Choksi’s deportation to India
According to reports, Indian officials have reached Dominica, and paperwork is underway to secure the custody of the 62-year-old businessman. The move gave rise to the speculation that Mehul Choksi faces deportation. However, a hearing is pending before the Dominican High Court on the plea of the alleged abduction, torture, and illegal arrest filed by Mehul Choksi’s lawyers. The court is set to hear the matter on June 2 restricting his repatriation to any other country till then.