Mehul Choksi to be given straight to India: Antiguan PM Gaston Browne

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Mehul Choksi (Image tweeted by @ians_india)
Mehul Choksi (Image tweeted by @ians_india)

New Delhi : Mehul Choksi, who was nabbed by the local police in Cuba, will be repatriated straight to India as Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne told news agency ANI that Antigua will not accept him back. 

Browne said he has requested PM Skerrit and law enforcement in Dominica to not return Choksi to Antigua where he has legal and constitutional protection as a citizen, the news agency reported.

He also mentioned that Choksi made a monumental error by fleeing the island.

"He (Choksi) was found in Dominica. He may have entered the island illegally, possibly by boats. The Dominican government is cooperating with the Antiguan and Indian governments. We have requested Dominican law enforcement agencies to not return him to Antigua where he has legal and constitutional rights as a citizen. We specifically requested them to have Indian law enforcement agencies make necessary arrangements to have him returned directly to India," Browne told ANI.

Both the Indian and Antiguan authorities are in touch with Dominica. 

Mehul Choksi is wanted in India for an alleged Rs 14,000-crore scam with Punjab National Bank.