Fugitive Jeweller Mehul Choksi Missing In Antigua, Probe Launched: Lawyer

Mehul Choksi’s lawyer, Vijay Aggarwal, confirmed to NDTV that he is missing and that his family, and the island nation’s police, are looking for him

Mehul Choksi fled to Antigua – which has no extradition treaty with India – in 2018 (File)

New Delhi:

Mehul Choksi – the 61-year-old fugitive diamantaire wanted by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate in connection with Rs 13,000 crore PNB loan fraud case – has gone missing in the Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, to which he fled in 2018.

Mr Choksi’s lawyer, Vijay Aggarwal, confirmed to NDTV on Tuesday morning that his client is missing and that police in the Caribbean island nation have launched a manhunt for him.

Sources within the CBI told NDTV it had not been officially informed that Mr Choksi is missing. They said the agency only found out about it through media reports. The CBI is writing to the Antiguan embassy in India for confirmation and more information, the sources added.

According to news agency ANI, Mr Choksi left his home Monday evening to go for dinner at a restaurant in the southern part of the island, and was never seen again. His vehicle was discovered later that evening but there was no sign of him, Antiguan news channels reported.

Mehul Choksi, 61, has been involved in a long-running legal battle to stop his extradition; India and Antigua have no extradition treaty in place. He currently holds Antiguan citizenship.

Last year Antigua Prime Minister Gaston Browne said his citizenship would be revoked once all of his legal options had been exhausted.

In March Mr Choksi’s lawyer countered media reports that said his client’s citizenship had been revoked by an Antiguan civil court. Mr Aggarwal said Mehul Choksi remained an Antiguan citizen.

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