Fugitive jeweller Mehul Choksi gets bail on medical grounds

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

New Delhi : Fugitive jeweller Mehul Choksi, arrested and jailed in Dominica for illegal entry, has been granted bail from the court there on medical grounds. He is also allowed to travel to the neighbouring Antigua and Barbuda where he is a citizen. The diamantaire had been living there since 2018 following his escape from India.

Mehul Choksi is wanted in India for his alleged involvement in Rs 13,500-crore Punjab National Bank fraud case.

The high court in Dominica has now approved a consent order by his defence team and the state's lawyer for Choksi to travel to Antigua to seek medical attention from a specialised neurologist there, his counsel said today.

"Dominica courts has finally upheld the rule of law and rights of a human to be treated in the medical facilities of his choice," his lawyer Vijay Aggarwal said, according to ANI.

Alleging that his arrest was "dictated" by representatives of the Indian government, Choksi had filed a case in the high court of Dominica's Roseau city, seeking to quash the proceedings against him, local media there had reported last week.The case was reportedly filed against the immigration minister of the Caribbean nation, its police chief and the investigating officer of the case.

Choksi pleaded that the decision to charge him for illegal entry violated the law and, accordingly, was null and void, Caribbean media outlet Nature Isle News had reported last week.

"...they allowed themselves to be dictated by third parties, representatives of the Indian government...," Choksi had alleged.