Fugitive tycoon Mehul Choksi reveals names of kidnappers to Antigua Police, claims he is ‘law-abiding citizen’

 Fugitive tycoon Mehul Choksi reveals names of kidnappers to Antigua Police, claims he is ‘law-abiding citizen’

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Absconding tycoon Mehul Choksi has revealed the names of his alleged abductors to Antiguan police. Antigua PM Browne said that the police and the government are taking the allegations ‘seriously’

NEW DELHI

Fugitive diamond tycoon Mehul Choksi, wanted in India in connection with a Rs 13,500-crore fraud in the Punjab National Bank (PNB), has revealed the names of his alleged kidnappers to Antiguan police.

The Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda has started a probe into the possible kidnapping of Choksi from Antigua on May 23 this year, Antigua News Room said. The disgraced jeweller was arrested on May 23 for alleged illegal entry to Dominica.

Last week, the Dominica High Court had adjourned the hearing on a habeas corpus plea filed on behalf of Choksi. Justice Bernie Stephenson will decide the next date of hearing after meeting both sides, the local news reports said. The disgraced businessman has been granted interim relief from immediate deportation from Dominica to India.

Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Prime Minister Browne said Choksi’s legal team wrote to the police commissioner providing the names of the people he believes kidnapped him, adding that if the claims are true, then it is a serious matter.

As per local media reports, Choksi’s lawyers plotted with opposition leaders to pressure the judiciary, which instead of quizzing his alleged illegal entry from Antigua to Dominica, believed his lawyers’ version that he was kidnapped.

On Sunday, the 62-year-old diamantaire filed an affidavit before the Dominica High Court and claimed that he is a “law-abiding citizen.” Further, he has reportedly invited the Indian authorities to question him and stated that he left India only to seek medical treatment.

Agencies

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