Govin: Mehul Choksi is in Cuba safehouse

After the Indian fugitive Mehul Choksi went missing in Antigua and Barbuda, his close aide Govin revealed that he shifted to Cuba following fear of extradition to India.

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Antigua and Barbuda: After the Indian fugitive Mehul Choksi went missing in Antigua and Barbuda, his close aide Govin revealed that he has shifted to Cuba following fear of extradition to India.

According to information provided by Nigel Joan, Govin is the closest ally of Choksi in Antigua and Barbuda, who assisted him throughout his stay in the country. In a conversation with Joan, Govin exposed that Mehul Choksi has left the country a few days ago and is currently living in a safe house based in Cuba.

Antigua and Barbuda Police officials also confirmed that they launched a search for the fugitive after his vehicle was found abandoned in Jolly Harbour later evening without any trace of him. Read More.

In a big expose, Govin said that apart from Antigua and Barbuda, Mehul Choksi holds citizenship of another Caribbean Island apart from Antigua and Barbuda. However, Govin refrained from naming the country.

Associates Times reached out to the government authorities where several Ministers expressed happiness while refused to make any comment on the escape of Mehul Choksi

Born on May 5, 1959, Mehul Choksi is an Indian-born fraudster businessman. He escaped India following being wanted by the Indian judicial authorities for criminal conspiracy, cheating, criminal breach of trust, and dishonesty, including corruption, money laundering and delivery of property.

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Choksi is the owner of Gitanjali group, a jewellery firm that has more than 4000 stores in India. He was not only involved in stock market manipulation in 2013 but arrest warrants against him have also been dispensed in India for the alleged Punjab National Bank scam case. Read More.

Choksi is implicated in allegedly perpetrating $2.5 billion scam along with his nephew Nirav Modi. The latter is also wanted in India and is currently challenging his extradition in the UK court.

Mehul Choksi was given citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda under the citizenship by investment programme during November 2017. Antigua and Barbuda government noted that citizenship was granted to Choksi after an absolute due diligence process in where Indian authorities cleared him as a lawful resident.

In an effort to retrieve the capital, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) provisionally seized assets worth about $3 million of his jewellery outlet Gitanjali Group.

Exerting stringent action, the government of Antigua and Barbuda had launched the process to revoke the second citizenship given under the citizenship by investment programme to Mehul Choksi. Govin told Joan that this might be the major reason behind his exit from Antigua and Barbuda.