Fugitive diamond dealer Mehul Choksi, who was arrested on May 23 in Dominica for alleged unlawful entry into the nation, was denied bail throughout a hearing on Wednesday.
Mehul Choksi, wished in India in reference to the Rs 13,500-crore fraud case in Punjab National Bank (PNB), pleaded earlier than the Justice of the Peace that he was kidnapped and forcibly introduced to Dominica from neighbouring Antigua and Barbuda, about 100 nautical miles away.
Top developments in the Mehul Choksi case:
What are the instances?
Dominica High Court Case: Mehul Choksi filed an software difficult his arrest and charges of ‘illegal entry’ into Dominica.
This case was heard on June 2 by Justice Bernie Stephenson whereas Choski was represented by Former AG of Antigua and Dominica-born Justin Simon QC, John Carrington QC, Cara Shillingford Marsh, Julian Prevost, Wayne Norde and Wayne Marsh.
The Dominican state was represented by Lennox Lawrence, Jodi Luke, Attorney General Levi Peter.
An Indian workforce of observers was additionally current on the hearing. An 8-member workforce from India is in Dominica. This contains two members every from MEA, CBI and ED together with two CRPF commandos. Four of them have been current in courtroom.
Choksi’s advocates invoked habeas corpus and stated as per Dominican legal guidelines, he ought to have been produced in entrance of a Justice of the Peace inside 72 hours of his arrest.
The choose requested the state to produce him in a decrease courtroom earlier than 4 pm and the costs of ‘illegal entry’ be learn out to him. The High Court hearing was adjourned and is again due for hearing on June 3 at 6:30 pm IST.
The High Court will proceed to hear the ‘illegal entry’ case. While Choksi’s aspect is pushing for continuation, the choose could ship the order at present (Thursday).
Magistrate’s Court (Lower Court):
Choksi was produced in the Justice of the Peace’s courtroom at round 4 pm on Wednesday. The costs have been learn out to him in the presence of the Justice of the Peace. Choksi pleaded ‘not guilty’ and moved a bail software on grounds that he was allegedly kidnapped.
Lawyers of Mehul Choksi argued that numerous folks dealing with costs of illegally coming into into the nation have been granted bail. The attorneys additionally stated that the courtroom can take bail bond of $10,000, which is the utmost penalty for unlawful entry.
But his bail plea was rejected on the grounds that he’s a ‘flight risk’ and has no ties with Dominica, therefore he can flee the nation.
Next hearing in the case is scheduled for June 14.
Dominica High Court hearing at present: Mehul Choksi’s authorized workforce is probably going to transfer the High Court at present (June 3) difficult the choice of the decrease courtroom of rejecting bail. The courtroom will determine on whether or not Choksi’s presence in Dominica is prohibited or not.
After discovering if Mehul Choksi was arrested legally or illegally by the Dominican police, both method the courtroom can have to determine which nation he must be despatched to.
Magistrate’s courtroom determination on June 14: The courtroom will hear Mehul Choksi’s plea of ‘not guilty’.
What did Dominica, Antigua say?
Both the governments of Dominica and Antigua & Barbuda have introduced that they need Mehul Choksi despatched again to India.
The Dominican authorities has submitted the affidavits of the Government of India in the excessive courtroom proving that Choksi still remains a citizen of India and has not accomplished the method of relinquishing his citizenship. Additionally, he’s dealing with costs of 11 offences.
The Dominican authorities has additionally knowledgeable the courtroom that there’s an Interpol Red Notice in opposition to Mehul Choksi. The Antiguan Prime Minister in a letter had additionally formally requested the Dominican authorities that Mehul Choksi be deported to India.
He stated that the 2 courtroom instances in opposition to Choksi will proceed in absentia, if need be.
If the Justice of the Peace’s courtroom decides to repatriate Mehul Choksi to Antigua and Barbuda, then Dominican authorities can problem this determination in the next courtroom. This may take months. If the courtroom decides to deport him to India, there will be no enchantment as that is thought of a sovereign determination.