CBI moves Mumbai court to declare Mehul Choksi prime accused in PNB case
The Central Bureau of Investigation requested at a court in Mumbai that jewellery tycoon Mehul Choksi be declared the prime accused in the Punjab National Bank fraud case on October 10.
The CBI made new moves to declare Gitanjali Gems promoter Mehul Choksi the prime accused in the PNB fraud case in which he is accused along with his nephew Nirav Modi, the Press Trust of India reported. The CBI stated that Choksi has so far failed to respond to the non-bailable arrest warrant issued against him.
The CBI made its application before CBI special judge V C Barde and told the court that Choksi had intentionally fled India before news of the alleged fraud broke. "Choksi has already taken citizenship of Antigua, one of the Caribbean Islands, in order to avoid execution of warrant issued by the court," said the CBI in a statement in court on Thursday.
"The accused is absconding... It's our right to interrogate him," said the CBI lawyer A Limosin, as reported by the Press Trust of India. The CBI also requested that the court cancels Choksi’s recently issued plea to cancel the Non Bailable Warrant issued against him.
The court will hold its next hearing on the matter on October 17. Choksi is believed to still be residing in Antigua and Indian authorities are working with Antigua and Barbuda’s authorities with the aim of extraditing Choksi to India to stand trial.
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