Antigua PM Says, Mehul Choksi's "Citizenship Will Be Revoked, That Is Reality"

Antigua PM Says, Mehul Choksi

Antigua PM Says, Mehul Choksi's "Citizenship Will Be Revoked, That Is Reality" (File image) 

New Delhi: Diamond trader Mehul Choksi's Antigua citizenship will be scrapped once he has exhausted all his legal options, the government of the island nation has said, reported the Antigua Observer. Mr Choksi, is wanted in India in the Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank scam. 

The revocation of diamond trader's citizenship will pave the way for his extradition to India to stand trial in the case.  Antigua -- among the many tax havens in the Caribbean -- has no extradition treaty with India.

The Prime Minister of Antigua Barbuda, Gaston Brown has made it clear that his country will not provide "safe harbour for criminals, for those who are involved in financial crimes".

"Choksi's citizenship was processed, he got through. We do have recourse, the reality is that his citizenship will be revoked and he will be deported to India," the Antigua Observer reported Prime Minister Brown as saying.

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Last year in January, Mehul Choksi skipped India. After six month, it was discovered that, he had taken Antigua citizenship. The process was completed two months before the scam surfaced in January and he was investigated, which was why when Antigua asked India to give details of cases against him, he got a clean chit.

Regarding a possible time frame of the cancellation of citizenship, Mr Brown said: "We have to allow for due process. He has a matter before the court and as we said to the Indian Government, criminals have fundamental rights, too, and Choksi has a right to go to court and defend his position. But I can assure you, after he has exhausted all of his legal options, he will be extradited".

The 59-year-old has refused to return to India, saying he fears "mob lynching".

India had cancelled the passports of both Choksi and Nirav Modi in February, after investigators uncovered the huge loan fraud at PNB. Nirav Modi is said to be in Brussels, the capital of Belgium.

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