- Mehul Choksi missing, confirms his lawyer
- CBI seeks information from Antigua Embassy in India
- Choksi is wanted by both ED and CBI
On Tuesday, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) contacted the Antigua Embassy in India over the reports that the 62 years old fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi is missing since the 23rd of May.
As per sources, mentioned by Mint, CBI is now contacting the Antigua Embassy in India and seeking confirmation over the reports of missing Mehul Choksi and other details regarding the matter.
Mehul Choksi – fugitive diamantaire wanted by the CBI as well as Enforcement Directorate – has gone missing in Antigua and Barbuda, confirmed his lawyer.
In an exclusive statement given to ANI, Vijay Aggarwal, Choksi’s advocate, said, “Mehul Choksi is missing. His family members are worried and anxious and had called me to discuss. Antigua police is investigating. Family is in the dark and worried about his safety.”
The Antiguan Police, based on the additional information received, said that they are currently investigating the missing person report filed for the 62 year old Mehul Choksi of Jolly Harbour, in a press release.
On Sunday, 23rd of May, Choksi was reported missing at the Johnson Point Police Station, as per the Antiguan Newsroom. The police release further states that the 62 year old was last seen at close to 5:15 PM (local time) on Sunday before leaving home in a motorcar which has since been recovered.
Earlier, in an interview with ANI, Choksi had claimed that he is innocent and all of the allegations against him are false, baseless and also motivated by political expediency.
He holds Antiguan citizenship and is the owner of Gitanjali Group, a retail jewellery company. An arrest warrant for Choksi has been issued in connection with the alleged Punjab National Bank fraud case.
He was allegedly involved in the stock market manipulation in 2013.
In recent times, Nirav Modi who is nephew of Mehul Choksi was ordered to be extradited to India from the United Kingdom to face charges of conspiring to defraud PNB of more than a billion dollars, a UK judge ruled.