Dominica to repatriate Mehul Choksi to Antigua, says Ministry of National Security

Dominica: A press release has been issued by the Ministry of National Security and Home Affairs of Dominica, confirming Mehul Choksi’s arrest in the country and his repatriation to Antigua after confirming his citizenship. He was captured by authorities on Tuesday evening.

The release by the National Security and Home Affairs of Dominica confirmed that Mehul Choksi, a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda, who is wanted by the Indian authorities, has been detained by law enforcement for illegal entry into the Commonwealth of Dominica.

“A red alert has also been issued by Interpol bearing Mr. Choksi’s name.” stated the Dominican Ministry of National Security and Home Affairs.

Furthermore, the ministry stated that they are in communications with the authorities of Antigua and Barbuda to ascertain some facts, including the status of his Antiguan citizenship.

“Once the information is provided by the Antigua authorities, possible arrangements will be made for Mr. Mehul Choksi to be repatriated to Antigua,” the government confirmed.

Mehul Choksi is an Indian diamantaire and fugitive who had left his home country and obtained citizenship from Antigua in 2017. Choksi is a fugitive in a $2 billion fraud he committed by taking in hand two Panjab National Bank (PNB) employees. The fraud is the biggest in Indian history.

62-year-old Mehul Choksi is a wealthy diamantaire and was the owner of Gitanjali Group, an India based jewellery company that had more than 4,000 stores across the country. Choksi started his career in the gem and jewellery sector in 1975 and took over the management of Gitanjali Gems from his father in 1985 when it was focused on just hard and glossy diamonds.

Choksi is a declared fugitive by the Indian authorities and government. He had expressed his innocence in an extensive letter. On 6 March 2018, the Crime Bureau of Investigations (CBI) detained Vipul Chitalia, the Vice-President of Choksi’s Gitanjali Group of Companies and a principal aide of Choksi; Chitalia was arrested from the Mumbai airport.