Fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi was denied bail by a magistrate court in Dominica on Wednesday. He pleaded not responsible on the charges of his illegal entry into the Caribbean island nation following a excessive court order.
Choksi’s lawyer mentioned that he ought to be granted bail on well being grounds.
Choksi had gone lacking for some days in Antigua and Barbuda and was traced and arrested in Dominica on May 26. He had been staying in Antigua and Barbuda since January 2018 after fleeing India.
The diamantaire will keep within the hospital underneath police safety. The matter has been adjourned until June 14.
The High Court of Dominica listening to a habeas corpus plea filed by Mehul Choksi has adjourned the matter till Thursday. It furthered ordered that the businessman be produced earlier than the magistrate court at 4 pm (Dominica time) on Wednesday.
During the excessive court listening to, Mehul Choksi’s counsel argued that he does not really feel secure within the police custody in Dominica. “I am ready to pay for my return to Antigua,” he informed the excessive court.
The authorities of Dominica informed the court that Mehul Choksi, who is needed within the Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case in India, must be deported to India.
India Today TV has learnt that the Dominican Public Prosecution Service submitted earlier than the High Court of Dominica that the petition filed by Mehul Choksi is “not maintainable”, and therefore it “should not be heard”.
Mehul Choksi’s authorized crew had filed the habeas corpus plea final week after he was detained in Dominica, allegedly for having entered the nation illegally from Antigua and Barbuda.
His attorneys have alleged that he was “abducted” and “forcibly taken” to Dominica. They have additionally alleged that he was assaulted and there are “marks of injury” on his physique.
Mehul Choksi has been staying in Antigua and Barbuda since January 2018, weeks earlier than the PNB fraud case got here to gentle. He had acquired citizenship of the island nation by manner of funding.
Meanwhile, Vijay Aggarwal, his lawyer in India, mentioned, “Our stand that Mehul Choksi is in illegal detention as he was required to be produced within 72 hours before the magistrate and was not so produced, has been vindicated. To remedy this, he has been asked to be produced before the magistrate. This establishes the illegal detention of Mehul Choksi as pleaded by the defence. Contrary to numerous media reports, there was no discussion regarding the government of India.”
He ought to be despatched to Antigua, says Mehul Choksi’s spouse.
Speaking to India Today TV in a telephonic interview, Mehul Choksi’s spouse Preet Choksi mentioned he has provided to affix the investigation by way of digital platforms however Indian companies “don’t want to investigate” the matter.
“He (Mehul Choksi) doesn’t want to return to India. Authorities in Dominica should send him back home to Antigua,” she mentioned.
MULTI-AGENCY TEAM FROM INDIA REACHES DOMINICA
Meanwhile, a crew of multi-agency officers led by a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) DIG has reached Dominica to carry again Mehul Choksi to India if the courts there enable his deportation.
The crew consists of two members of the CBI and officers of the opposite companies.
On May 23, Mehul Choksi mysteriously went lacking from Antigua and Barbuda the place he has been staying since 2018 as a citizen. He was detained in neighbouring Dominica for illegal entry after a attainable romantic escapade together with his rumoured girlfriend.
(Input by Carlisle, journalist primarily based in Dominica)