Choksi news in hindi | Mehul Choksi conspiracy is absolutely rubbish, Dominica PM said – Law is same for all
Fugitive Indian businessman Mehul Choksi
- Dominica PM rubbishes claims of conspiracy to bring in Choksi
- The Government of Dominica and the Government of Antigua have not colluded in any way with India.
- Mehul Choksi had absconded with a loan of Rs 13,500 crore from PNB.
New Delhi : Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerritt has said his government’s stand on the “mysterious” arrival of fugitive Indian businessman Mehul Choksi, wanted in the Rs 13,500-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB), is very clear. This information has been received from the local media. According to Dominica News Online, Prime Minister Skerritt has rubbished claims of conspiracy with the governments of Antigua and India as “complete nonsense”.
According to him, to say that the government of Dominica and the government of Antigua colluded with India in any way is complete nonsense. We don’t involve ourselves in that kind of activities, those practices, at all. I mean, it’s absurd and we reject it. It is unfortunate that any gentleman would want to publicize this baseless claim which is before the courts.
Prime Minister Skerritt further vowed that his government would enforce the law equally, regardless of who was accused of committing the crime. A similar case happened with Alireza Zibhlat Monfared, a Dominican citizenship holder and diplomat of Iranian origin, who was wanted by the Iranian government on charges of embezzlement of billions of dollars, he said. Monfared was arrested in the Dominican Republic in 2017 after a lengthy international search.
You’ve seen all these things about Monfared, said Skerritt. If he had lived in Dominica when the Iranian government had asked him, we would have caught him. “There was a discussion and a decision to catch him so that the Iranian authorities can present the charges to us,” Skerritt said. Mr. Monfair was a Dominican citizen but we are brief about international law, our responsibilities and our obligations.
Earlier, the opposition leader of the United Workers’ Party, Lennox Linton, alleged that the Dominican government was involved in a cover-up on behalf of an Iranian national and ex-Dominican diplomat, who was arrested on charges of involvement in it. He claimed that the government of Dominica had refused to cooperate with the Iranian government on the extradition of Monfred to face trial.
Linton alleged that Iranian officials had informed the government of Dominica of their interest in Monfair before January 20, 2016. He said that Monfair lived in Dominica until September 2016, after his diplomatic passport was revoked after January 20, 2016.
Following news of Monford’s arrest, the Foreign Ministry issued a statement on his status, saying he became a Dominican citizen and eventually a diplomat after an extensive investigation. Skerritt urged his political opponents, mainly UWP supporters, and its leader not to be selective in what they support, especially when it is of a similar nature.
Skerritt argued, I am talking about the Dominicans, specifically the opposition, Mr. Choksi. A young boy from Grand Bay is facing extradition to the US, but we haven’t heard anything from the opposition on that matter. That’s why we don’t want to treat different people differently. Depending on who they are or how much money they may have. We are all subject to the law, no matter what our situation or how much money we have, or don’t have.
The prime minister said his government would allow the court to complete its process regarding Choksi and assured that his rights and obligations would be respected by Dominica. Skerrit also expressed support for Antigua’s government in its move to revoke Choksi’s citizenship.
Choksi, who is wanted in India by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED), went missing from Antigua on May 23, prompting a massive search. He was later captured in Dominica. His lawyers have argued that he was forcibly abducted, and that he was subjected to physical torture. Choksi is accused of illegally entering Dominica.
Choksi acquired Antigua citizenship in 2017 through an investment programme. He had left India on January 4, 2018, a few days before the CBI registered a case in the PNB fraud case. He is wanted in this case along with his nephew Nirav Modi.
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