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Highlights:

  • The Dominican court permitted interim relief to Choksi from immediate repatriation to India.
  • The court also noted that his trial has not started yet.
  • 2 affidavits were filed by the Indian government in the Dominica high court about the seriousness of the fraud he committed on PNB and his Indian Citizenship.

On Saturday, the Dominica high court has denied bail to Mehul Choksi, the fugitive jeweler. He is one of the most wanted persons of India in connection with the ₹13,500 crores Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud. Highlighting that Mehul Choksi did not offer any strong surety before seeking bail from the court, the judge said that he is also a flight risk. Citing medical grounds, the lawyers of Choksi argued for his bail.

Dominica high court’s Judge Wynante Adrien-Roberts reached the conclusion about both sides’ submission and denied the bail to Choksi.

Adrien-Roberts said that Mehul Choksi has no ties to Dominica and that it cannot impose any conditions which will assure that Choksi wouldn’t abscond. Pointing out that Choksi proposed that he will stay with his brother in the hotel, the court said that it is not a fixed address. The court also noted that his trial has not started yet.

The Dominican court permitted interim relief to Choksi from immediate repatriation to India. A few days ago, Choksi was called an “Indian citizen” by Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and he added that the courts will decide what happens to him.

2 affidavits were filed by the Indian government in the Dominica high court, which established the Indian citizenship of Mehul Choksi and the seriousness of the fraud he committed on PNB.

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