News By/Courtesy: Aashi Nema | 23 Jan 2019 16:38pm IST

In an attempt to get extradited to India, Mehul Choksi has given up his Indian citizenship and surrendered his passport (Indian passport number Z 3396732) to the Antiguan government. He had been taking refuge in Antigua for more than a year. He had deposited his Indian passport with canceled pages to the Indian High Commission in Antigua. Also, to become a citizen of Antigua, he deposited the mandatory $177 for leaving Indian citizenship.

Government official said that his citizenship has nothing to do with the crime that has been committed by Choksi and the extradition process. Mehul Choksi is an accused and will be extradited, no matter what his citizenship is. According to the International Law, any accused of any nationality can be extradited from any country and the same principle will also be applied in the case of Mehul Choksi. The officials cited the example of Christian Michel who is a British national. He was staying in UAE but was extradited to India from Dubai in connection with the recent Agusta Westland VVIP chopper scam. According to the foreign ministry, Mehul Choksi cannot possess dual citizenship.

Mehul Choksi is an accused of cheating Punjab National Bank (PNB) to the tune of Rs 13,000 crore in collusion with his nephew Nirav Modi. He told the court on 25th December 2018, that he cannot travel 41-hour journey from Antigua to India owing to his bad health. He had escaped in January last year. He put an allegation of Enforcement Directorate for mala fide complaint and misleading the probe by not revealing his health condition intentionally. He had expressed his willingness to join the investigation through video conferencing. He said he wanted to settle the issue with the bank. Interpol has issued a Red Corner Notice (RCN), which is an international arrest warrant, against Mehul Choksi which the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had been trying to get for months.

Section Editor: Shreyashi Tiwari | 23 Jan 2019 16:40pm IST

Tags : #Mehul #Choksi #Citizenship #Antigua #Government #Extradition #Avoid

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