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Indian team leaves Dominica without Mehul Choksi

Indian officials said that till the time the courts decided on two cases against him, Mehul Choksi’s deportation to India is near impossible

The Indian team, which was in Dominica to get Mehul Choksi to India after his possible , has left the Caribbean Island without the fugitive businessman, sources said.

The eight-member Indian team including two officials from Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had landed in Dominica on 28 to get Choksi if he is deported to India.

The Bombardier Global 5000 business jet of Qatar Executive departed from the island at 8:10 PM on 3 June. remains at the Dominica-China Friendship Hospital under police guard.

Mehul Choksi, the absconding diamond trader, is unlikely to return to India at least for the next one month. The diamantaire, who is facing possible deportation to India, is being heard by two courts of Dominica in two separate matters. Sources said, till the time both the cases are not settled, Mehul Choksi won’t be deported to India.

In one of the cases filed by Mehul Choksi, the High Court has to decide if Mehul Choksi was arrested illegally by the Dominican Police and to which he should be sent back.

In another case, the Magistrate Court is hearing the matter of Mehul Choksi’s alleged illegal entry into their country.

Indian officials in the loop said that till the time the courts decided on both matters, Mehul Choksi’s deportation to India is almost impossible.

On 3 June, the Dominican High Court adjourned businessman Mehul Choksi’s case hearing to complete the pleadings. The next hearing date has not been fixed yet but is likely to take place around 1 July.

Just before the matter was adjourned, the Ministry of External Affairs said that India is committed to getting Mehul Choksi from Dominica.

In the meantime, both sides will decide on the pleadings and arguments. Mehul Choksi will however remain in Dominican Police custody.

In the other case which is being heard by the Magistrates Court, the matter will be heard on 14 June and order, in that case, is likely to come later.

To the matter further, the lawyers of Mehul Choksi are expected to file a bail plea of Choksi before the Dominican High Court.

Mehul Choksi was denied bail on the charges of ‘illegal entry’ by the Dominican Magistrate Court on 2 June.

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