It stays a thriller as to how fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi fled Antigua and landed up in Dominica solely to be arrested later. As Choksi faces deportation to India, India Today TV explores if he managed to forge identities to travel to Dominica.
India Today TV has accessed two units of paperwork of two travellers – Gurjit Bhandal and Gurmit Singh – who in accordance to these paperwork travelled twice to Caribbeans throughout the span of 45 days.
The two had been to St. Lucia in April and availed the companies of Hackshaw Boat Charters Ltd. the place the paperwork present them as UK nationals. Over a month-and-a-half later, the identical people landed in Dominica on a ship the place the nationality of 1 modified to Indian.
On document, there are not any travel data of Mehul Choksi from Antigua and Barbuda to Dominica. Then what was the aim of exhibiting one particular person as Indian?
These two names are actually beneath the scanner since Cobra Tours has been named because the service suppliers for Mehul Choksi’s inter-country travel.
On the one hand, authorities say that Mehul Choksi entered illegally. On the opposite hand, Choksi’s legal professionals have claimed that he was abducted and taken to Dominica by force.
The proprietor of Cobra Tours Services Andrew “Cobra” O’Brien of Dominica spoke to India Today TV.
On May 25, authorities had referred to as Andrew to present agent companies to the 2 mentioned people who landed in Dominican port since customs clearance guidelines had modified due to Covid requiring 14-day quarantine.
Owner of Cobra Tours Services in Dominica, Andrew, in an unique interview to India Today correspondent @Geeta_Mohan, says, ” These reports of Mehul Choksi availing our services is untrue and propaganda to divert attention.”
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Andrew mentioned that he “worked with the authorities” and obtained the 2 males clearance to enter the island.
“There is no question of illegal entry. There was absolutely no problem with the entry of the yacht in question that we cleared as agents. There was no problem with the authorities. All the documents that we presented were in good standing – customs, port, health – everybody worked in sync and everything went smoothly. There was absolutely no problem with ‘Calliope of Arne’ when we did the clearances as their agent when they contacted us on arrival in Dominica,” mentioned Andrew.
He additional mentioned that these experiences of Mehul Choksi availing his companies is unfaithful and propaganda to divert consideration. He mentioned that he has by no means seen or met Mehul Choksi.
If Choksi was certainly within the Calliope of Arne, the 2 who travelled have been males (and Not Mehul and his girlfriend as claimed by the Antiguan PM).
Andrew has mentioned that one was a UK nationwide of Indian descent and the opposite was an Indian nationwide. The two have been named Gurjit Bhandal and Gurmit Singh.
THE REAL TWIST
The two paperwork accessed by India Today TV reveals that whereas the Cobra Tours record says Indian and British nationals, the Hackshaw Boat Charters Ltd doc clearly mentions each as UK nationals.
India Today TV spoke to Chris, the proprietor of Hackshaw Boat Charters Ltd, who mentioned that the 2 travellers have been in St. Lucia in April. They had tried to go to Dominica however have been requested to quarantine for 14 days so that they returned to St Lucia and flew out of there (vacation spot not identified). Their boat ‘Lady Anne’ by no means left St. Lucia since April 13.
“When they cleared customs in Dominica, they were informed that they could not get off the boat for 14 days due to Covid quarantine. They then decided to come to St Lucia where these two guests took a certified taxi to catch a plane out. Our boat never left after this,” mentioned Chris.
So, in a matter of 45 days, the identical people returned to the Caribbean to travel to Dominica on a ship and forged nationality of one of many travellers.
BIG QUESTIONS THAT REMAIN
Who was then travelling of their names?
If it was Gurjit and Gurmit then Cobra Tours was not utilized by Mehul Choksi.
If Cobra Tours was not used, then how did Mehul wind up on the island?
If certainly Cobra Tours was used, one other main discrepancy is why one particular person named as a UK nationwide in a single doc and Indian within the different doc?
Some folks, together with the Antiguan PM, insisted that Choksi is Indian and he did not relinquish his Indian citizenship utterly.
Is this a plan to show Indian nationality to guarantee direct extradition to India?
Or was it Choksi’s plan to keep away from Antiguan authorities?