Dominica: According to News 18 media house, the allies of fugitive Mehul Choki have stated that it is possible, Choksi himself planned his own kidnapping and arrest to divert the attention of the people and in order to get sympathy.
The former associate of Mehul Choksi, while speaking to the news 18 media house, asserted, “There is a strong possibility that this entire kidnapping incident was planned by Mehul Choksi himself only to divert attention and gain sympathy.”
“Mehul is a very calculative person. He knew when his banking fraud was crossing a limit, he got his nephew Nirav Modi involved. While the mystery woman being his girlfriend seems hoax, I believe he did to show that his life was in danger. Why would he leave plush comforts of his home in Antigua and Barbuda?”
The other associate of Choksi – Hardik Hundiya, a diamond expert known to Choksi for many years, cited that he can’t believe that Choksi was with a woman when police captured him in Dominica
He added, “I first met Choksi 15 to 20 years ago. His business was growing, and when I called him, he replied quickly and met me later. He was a family man. In diamond markets of Mumbai, never did we heard of him being involved in something hanky panky.”
The diamond expert further stated that Choksi escaped from India with a robust plan and lived in many countries, and as per him, it is not possible for Choksi to pay to such a strong team of lawyers and added, “They are being scheduled on international flights and good stays. Where is the money then coming from?”
The other diamond businessman, known to Choksi, while speaking to News 18 media house, stated that “The traders always perceived that Choksi
would go bankrupt and we always wondered how he would stay adrift. We all understood that the uncle-nephew duo was bankrupt but never knew that they were indulging in such a cumbersome fraud.”
The lawyers of Choksi have filed a habeas corpus petition, the previous hearing was on 2 June 2021, and Judge Bernie Stephenson would decide the next date of the hearing after meeting both the sides.