Mehul Choksi’s wife says he wasn’t charged by CBI and ED; India Today debunks her claims

Priti Choksi, wife of fugitive diamond service provider Mehul Choksi, broke her silence on Wednesday in an exclusive telephonic interview to India Today TV and spoke about her husband’s alleged abduction and prices towards him. During the interview, Priti Choksi claimed that her husband has not been charged by Indian investigative companies.

“I fail to understand why my husband’s (Mehul Choksi) name was included in the FIR. In the chargesheet, my husband is not charged with anything because my husband was not involved with Nirav Modi My husband had no business with Nirav Modi. In the chargesheet, if you read, there is no mention of my husband,” stated Priti Choksi throughout her interview with India Today TV’s Rahul Kanwal.

Following this, India Today TV investigated Priti Choksi’s claims and discovered them to be unfaithful.

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Based on the compliant filed by the Punjab National Bank (PNB), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had registered an FIR towards Mehul Choksi, his Gitanjali Group and its entities on February 13, 2018. The FIR was in reference to an alleged fraud within the issuance of Letters of Undertaking (LoU) and defrauding Rs 4,886 crore via it.

In the FIR, it was acknowledged that Mehul Choksi’s firms were issued 143 LoUs and 224 foreign letters of credit value over Rs 4,886 crore fraudulently by the Punjab National Bank throughout 2017-2018.

The CBI additionally named Gitanjali Gems, Nakshatra and Gili as accused within the case together with others.

After registering the FIR, CBI carried out searches at 26 areas in six cities on 17 entities of Geetanjali Group on February 17, 2018.

Earlier, on January 31, 2018, CBI had filed its first FIR towards Nirav Modi, PNB officers and others. It later expanded this probe to analyze 150 LoUs issued to the companies associated to Nirav Modi via which Rs 6,498 crore was defrauded.

The Enforcement Directorate additionally lodged a case towards Mehul Choksi below the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

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Mehul Choksi, who fled India within the first week of January, was summoned a number of instances by the CBI and ED. However, he by no means appeared earlier than them.

On May 16, 2018, CBI filed its first chargesheet earlier than a Mumbai courtroom and later the ED filed its chargesheet adopted by supplementary chargesheets.

In the primary chargesheet, the CBI named Mehul Choksi and 17 others, together with his entities, as named accused within the case. The company charged Choksi and others of felony conspiracy, dishonest and below provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

This chargesheet was separate from the chargesheet filed towards Nirav Modi and his firms on May 14. The CBI claimed that the Punjab National Bank suffered lack of over Rs 4,886 crore arising out of 143 Letters of Undertaking (LoUs) and 224 Foreign Letters of Credit (FLC) issued to Mehul Choksi’s firms.

Later, throughout the investigation, CBI and ED discovered that the entire quantity defrauded by Mehul Choksi was Rs 6,097.33 crore.

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The ED on August 27, 2018 filed a chargesheet naming Mehul Choksi as accused primary and his companies. The ED stated Geetanjali Gems, Gili India Limited and Nakshtra Brands Limited had been concerned in siphoning and laundering of cash. ED additionally talked about that Priti Choksi was a nominee of a lot of the companies owned by her husband.

In its chargesheet, the ED additionally stated that Rs 3,032 crore was defrauded by Mehul Choksi’s companies via 143 LoUs and Rs 1799.36 crore via FLCs. The probe company additionally recorded assertion of Avneesh Nepalia, Deputy General of PNB, who instructed the company that Mehul Choksi, in conspiracy with PNB officers, was manipulating the SWIFT system of financial institution and small quantity was being mirrored within the system whereas they had been receiving bigger quantity.

The ED in its first chargesheet discovered that the quantity defrauded via FLCs was over Rs 3086.24 crore and not Rs 1799.36 as claimed by the financial institution earlier. The complete quantity defrauded by Mehul Choksi thus elevated to Rs 6,097.33 crore.

India Today TV is in possession of main chargesheets and supplementary chargesheets filed towards Mehul Choksi by the ED and the CBI.

In December 2018, a ‘purple nook’ discover was additionally issued towards Mehul Choksi.

The ED later hooked up Mehul Choksi’s properties value Rs 2,600 crore below the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

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