After fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi’s lawyers alleged his abduction to neighbouring island nation Dominica, the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda has started investigations into the matter, Prime Minister Gaston Browne told a local media outlet. His lawyers alleged that he was kidnapped from Jolly Harbour in Antigua by policemen looking Antiguan and Indian and brought to Dominica on a boat
PM Browne said Choksi’s lawyers have given the names of people involved in the alleged kidnapping to the police commissioner in a complaint, the Antigua News Room reported.
The Antigua and Barbuda prime minister also said that if the claims are true, then it is a serious matter.
PM Browne said police are taking the complaint seriously, the report said Choksi has filed a complaint with the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda to the extent that he was abducted. He made a formal claim through his attorneys that he was abducted from Antigua and taken to Dominica so it is a report that police is taking seriously and they are currently investigating the abduction, PM Browne said.
Dominican opposition leader Lennox Linton had also slammed the government of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit for not being forthcoming on the issue of Mehul Choksi, accusing that the government already knew about Choksi’s arrival in the country. Choksi arrived in Dominica without any passport and there were huge question marks how he entered the Dominican soil, Linton said.
The only reason that government is keeping it under wraps, not wanting that people should know about it is because the government is embarrassed by the action it took to facilitate this transaction, Linton had said.
Choksi had mysteriously gone missing on May 23 from Antigua and Barbuda where he has been staying since 2018 as a citizen. He was detained in the neighbouring Dominica for illegal entry after a possible romantic escapade with his rumoured girlfriend.
Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi are wanted in India for allegedly siphoning off Rs 13,500 crore of public money from Punjab National Bank, using fake guarantees to secure overseas loans.