Indian agencies and authorities are exploring options to bring back (India) fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi to the country after he was detained in Dominica. Interpol has informed Indian authorities about Mehul Choksi’s detention in Dominica based on the Yellow Notice issued after his mysterious disappearance from his residence in Antigua on 23 May.
“As Mehul Choksi is not in Antigua and he is not a citizen of Dominica, he can be directly deported to India based on the Red Corner Notice issued against him by Interpol. He is a wanted accused for India and deportation can be one of the options,” a government source said.
Mehul Choksi, who has citizenship of the Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, took a water route to allegedly escape from Antigua and after reaching Dominica, he was caught by the authorities.
Choksi had been living in Antigua but he fled the country on 23 May. A massive manhunt was launched and an Interpol Yellow Notice was issued by Antigua and Barbuda. He was traced and captured in neighbouring Dominica.
The Central Bureau of Investigation has received communication from Interpol about Mehul Choksi’s detention.
The Antiguan government has also requested the Dominican Government to hand over Mehul Choksi to India. If Dominica, due to some legal issues, were to refuse to deport Mehul Choksi to India, Antiguan authorities were willing to accept him back until their prime minister intervened.
Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said that Antigua would not accept the Indian fugitive back. Browne said he had requested Prime Minister Skerrit and law enforcement in Dominica to not return Choksi to Antigua where he had legal and constitutional protection as a citizen.
Mehul Choksi is facing an extradition case in the courts of Antigua based on the extradition request by India.
While Nirav Modi is in a London prison after repeated denial of bail and is contesting extradition to India, Choksi had taken the citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda in 2017 using the Citizenship by Investment programme, before fleeing India in the first week of January 2018. The scam came to light subsequently.