New Delhi: India has demanded the Dominican government to immediately extradite businessman Mehul Choksi, who was arrested in Dominica.
Investigative agencies have taken all possible diplomatic steps to extradite Mehul Choksi, who fled the country after defrauding the Punjab National Bank of billions of rupees, and are now demanding that he be handed over to the official Dominica government. Mehul Choksi, who was detained in Dominica, should be treated as a fugitive Indian citizen. India has issued an Interpol Red Corner Notice against him, saying he should be deported immediately and handed over to Indian authorities.
Mehul Choksi is abusing the citizenship of other foreign countries to cover up his crimes. The government of neighboring Antigua, which holds Choksi citizenship, has also demanded that Dominica extradite Choksi directly to India.
The Dominican government said it would extradite him to Antigua. But Choksi has full legal protection in Antigua, from where it will take time to extradite Choksi to India. For the same reason Antigua Prime Minister Gaston Brown said in an interview that he would not allow Choksi to be brought to Antigua. Had requested that he be extradited directly to India.
However, a Dominica court hearing Choksi’s lawyer’s petition barred him from being extradited to India. The petition will be heard on June 2, when Choksi is likely to decide.