Mehul Choksi makes habeas corpus petition in Dominica
Jewellery tycoon accused of fraud Mehul Choksi’s legal team has filed a habeas corpus petition in a court in Dominica, but the island’s government has told the court to reject it as he is accused of illegal entry into the country.
Choksi is currently in hospital in Dominica where he was transferred from a jail, ET Bureau reported. Recent photos of Choksi show bruising and other injuries and his legal team say he has been beaten. The businessman is accused, along with his nephew Nirav Modi, of large-scale fraud at the Punjab National Bank and Indian authorities are attempting to bring Choksi to India to stand trial.
Choksi had gone missing from Antigua and Barbuda, where he had been residing as a citizen since the beginning of 2018, on May 23. Initial reports suggested that Choksi had been attempting to flee to Cuba, but Choksi’s legal counsel, and then Choksi himself, alleged that he was kidnapped against his will and taken to Dominica by boat.
The High Court of Dominica ordered that Choksi be produced in a magistrate court to answer charges of his illegal entry into the country. The court decided to adjourn the hearing on the habeas corpus petition until Thursday.
Choksi’s capture and the suspicion surrounding it have created political debates across the Caribbean. Indian and Antiguan authorities are keen to extradite Choksi to India, but his Antiguan citizenship and revoked Indian citizenship have created legal hurdles.
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