Fugitive Jeweller Mehul Choksi Gets Bail In Dominica On Medical Grounds
Fugitive jeweller Mehul Choksi, arrested and jailed in Dominica since May 23 for illegal entry, was today granted bail by a court there on medical grounds. He had gone missing from Antigua and Barbuda, where he had been living since 2018 following his escape from India.
The 62-year-old diamantaire is wanted in India in connection with the Rs 13,500-crore Punjab National Bank fraud case.
Alleging that his arrest was “dictated” by representatives of the Indian government, Choksi had filed a case in the high court of the Dominica’s Roseau city, seeking to quash the proceedings against him, local media there had reported last week.
The case was reportedly filed against the immigration minister of the Caribbean nation, its police chief and the investigating officer of the case.
Choksi pleaded that the decision to charge him for illegal entry violated the law and, accordingly, was null and void, Caribbean media outlet Nature Isle News had reported last week.
“…they allowed themselves to be dictated by third parties, representatives of the Indian government…,” Choksi alleged.
Now a citizen of neighbouring Antigua and Barbuda, where he has challenged a move to extradite him, the fugitive claimed before the Dominican court that he was kidnapped from that country and forcibly brought to Dominica by Indian men.