Torture marks found on Mehul Choksi's body: Lawyer

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

New Delhi : Fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi's lawyer Vijay Aggarwal on Thursday claimed that the marks of torture have been found on Choksi's body, who allegedly tried to flee from Antigua and was arrested in neighboring Dominica.

"I have been told that there are marks of torture on the body. Now, we are trying our very best in Dominica for legal recourse so that he is sent back to Antigua," Aggarwal told ANI.

The lawyer has also alleged that he was forcefully abducted from Antigua and then taken to Dominica. "...He (Choksi) has narrated that he was picked up by various people from jolly harbour in Antigua. And then he was taken to Dominica. And he was there on Sunday and then he was taken to the police station on Monday."

A massive manhunt was conducted few days back after he went missing and an Interpol yellow notice was issued by Antigua and Barbuda. He was then traced and captured in Dominica.

There were speculations that Choksi would be extradited back to India to answer fraud charges against him, however, he will now be sent back to Antigua and Barbuda, where he holds citizenship.

"Choksi would be charged with illegally entering Dominica and by the rule of law, he will be sent back to his home country Antigua and Barbuda, where he holds citizenship for the past four years," the officials told WIC News.

"We are dealing with a human being. Not a pawn that can be placed here or there and it cannot be on somebody's desires and whims. Further, as per the universal declaration of human rights there are international covenants on voluntary repatriation and a person can be deported to only the country of their citizenship," said his lawyer.

His lawyer also mentioned that nobody is focusing on why Choksi will leave Antigua and reach Dominica. The facts are 'fishy'.