Mumbai: The fugitive Indian businessman Mehul Choksi, who is accused of the PNB scam, was arrested on Saturday and put behind the bars in Dominica. Choksi fled the country after the scam to take citizenship of Antigua.
Posting a new photo, the Antigua News Room tweeted, “First pictures emerge of Mehul Choksi behind bars.”
The snap shows Mehul Choksi in police custody in Dominica with injury marks on his body. Bruises could be seen on both of his arms and his left eye was red and swollen.
Dominica-based lawyer Wayne Marsh said his client Choksi was abducted from Antigua on Sunday (May 23) and was beaten up.
“I noticed that he was severely beaten, his eyes were swollen and had several burn marks on his body (apparently burnt by some electronic device). He reported to me that he was abducted at Jolly Harbour in Antigua and brought to Dominica by persons whom he believed to be Indian and Antiguan police on a vessel he described to be about 60-70 feet in length.”
While posting the matter for the next hearing on June 2, the High Court of Dominica once again ‘restrained’ Choksi’s extradition process.
Justice ME Birnie Stephenson ordered and extended the injunction on removing Choksi from Dominica “until further or other hearing of this application is continued until the further hearing of this matter”.
The Dominican court said that Choksi “must be taken transported to the Dominica China Friendship Hospital for medical attention and the administration of a Covid-19 test”.
Choksi is wanted in India by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for the Rs 13,500 crore PNB loan fraud case.
Choksi has been residing in Antigua and Barbuda since January 4, 2018. The CBI and ED, which have filed separate chargesheets, are in the process of extradition of Choksi.
Meanwhile, Antigua Prime Minister Gaston Browne said that a private jet arrived at the Douglas-Charles Airport in Dominica from India as Choksi continues to be in the custody
“My understanding is that Indian government has sent certain documents from courts in India to confirm that he is indeed a fugitive and my understanding is that the documents will be utilised in the court case as you know the judge in Dominica has put a stay on deportation till Wednesday. So Indian government seems to be going all out to make sure he is repatriated to India to stand trial,” Browne was quoted as saying to an FM channel.