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Dominica court rejects Mehul Choksi’s bail plea in case on illegal entry to country

A Justice of the Peace court docket of Dominica has rejected the bail utility of fugitive diamond jeweller Mehul Choksi in connection along with his unlawful entry into the nation.

Choksi has now been despatched to the hospital beneath police safety for the therapy of accidents sustained by him.

On Wednesday, the Jap Caribbean Supreme Courtroom (ECSC) directed that Choksi needs to be produced earlier than the Justice of the Peace in reference to the case pertaining to his unlawful entry into the Caribbean island nation.

This course of the excessive court docket got here whereas it was listening to the petition of Choksi in opposition to deportation to India.

The Dominican Public Prosecution Service has advised the ESCS that Choksi needs to be deported to India as his plea isn’t maintainable. Choksi’s attorneys have argued that he’s not a citizen of India as Article 9 of the Indian Structure states that any one who acquires citizenship of a overseas nation will robotically stop to be a citizen of India. The excessive court docket will resume listening to the case on Thursday.

Choksi is accused of defrauding the public-sector Punjab Nationwide Financial institution (PNB) for nearly Rs 13,600 crore. He has been out of India since January 7, 2018, days earlier than the PNB rip-off got here to mild. On January 15, 2018, he took the oath of citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda.

On Could 23, Choksi was reported lacking in Antigua and Barbuda. The following day, he was caught by the native police of Dominica, reportedly when he arrived on a ship. Subsequently, Gaston Browne, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, mentioned that his authorities has “particularly requested” Dominica “to have Indian legislation enforcement businesses make essential preparations to have him (Choksi) returned on to India”.

Nonetheless, Choksi’s authorized workforce has claimed the 62-year businessman didn’t flee Antigua however was kidnapped by laying a honey entice.

In response to his attorneys, Choksi was befriended by a lady during the last six months, known as to an condominium in Antigua on Could 23, and kidnapped by a gaggle of males from there. He was then allegedly crushed up and compelled right into a yacht earlier than being ferried to Dominica.

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