Fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi has reportedly gone missing from Antigua. Sources from Antigua and Barbuda have told TOI that Choksi may have fled to Cuba fearing extradition to India. ‘That’s what I am hearing but I am yet to get a confirmation,’ a highly placed source in the government said. Local media quoted his close aide Govin as saying that Choksi has shifted base to Cuba. India does not have an extradition treaty with Cuba. The Antigua and Barbuda has been seriously pursuing his extradition in the court of law and as recently as Monday the island’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne spoke to PM Narendra Modi. Choksi, wanted by the Indian authorities in the Rs 12,000 crore PNB scam, has been fighting extradition from the island in the Antigua courts. Choksi’s battery of lawyers has managed to stave off the efforts of the government to send him back to India. Choksi managed to get Antigua citizenship under the ‘citizenship by investment programme’ of the island’s government.
May 25, 2021, 08:53AM ISTSource: TOI.in