Dominican high court grants Mehul Choksi interim bail
On July 12, the Dominican high court granted jewellery tycoon Mehul Choksi interim bail due to his health condition to enable him to travel to Antigua for specialist medical treatment.
After being in police custody since his controversial arrival in Dominica on May 23 and making several attempts to secure bail, Choksi has been allowed bail and will be allowed to travel to Antigua, his country of residence. Choksi will travel to seek neurological treatment, the Times of India reported. In order to secure his bail, Choksi has been instructed to deposit 10,000 Eastern Caribbean Dollars (Rs 2.75 lakh) as his bail fund, Antigua Breaking News reported.
Choksi’s bail will mean that the Indian authorities attempting to extradite him straight to India to stand trial for his alleged fraud at the Punjab National Bank will now face greater obstacles in doing so. As Choksi took citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda and renounced his Indian citizenship just before news of the fraud scandal broke in the media, Choksi’s legal team have asserted that he can only be sent from Dominica to Antigua and not to India.
Choksi claims that he was taken to Dominica against his will in a violent kidnapping. Indian authorities have conversely asserted that he was trying to escape to avoid being extradited from Antigua to India. Choksi has complained of several health issues and initially cited them as the reason he did not want to travel to India to take part in the Enforcement Directorate’s fraud investigation.
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