Dominica: The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, for a time, has put a stay over the repatriation of fugitive Mehul Choksi, who is wanted in the scam case of PNB – Punjab National Bank of India.
The matter would be heard urgently on 28 May 2021 at 9:00 am in the forenoon. The stay comes after the lawyers of Choksi filed a habeas corpus petition and stated that Choksi
had been deprived of legal rights.
The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court ordered that “This order is to be served immediately on the Defendants by email and fax and in person, and the Head of Immigration at the Douglas Charles Airport by email and fax.”
The Court further, in the draft order, stated that “The applicant (Mehul Choksi) be allowed to meet with his Legal Counsel immediately and that the defendants be held whether by themselves, servants, agents and or representatives from removing the applicant from the Commonwealth of Dominica until further or other hearing of this application.”
While the lawyers of Choksi have asserted that he was allegedly picked up at Jolly Harbour in Antigua and Barbuda and was then put in a vessel, the lawyers also informed that there were marks on Choksi’s body and his eyes were swollen.
The lawyers further added that Choki is a resident of Antigua and Barbuda and not of India, while the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda – Gaston Browne, denied taking Choksi back, stating that it would be the decision of Dominica whether they repatriate Choksi to India or not.
According to the sources, the government
of India would use diplomatic channels to bring Choksi back.