India has sent a private jet to Dominica with documents relating to the exiled diamonds Mehul Choksi, Antigua’s premier and Barbuda Gaston Browne said on Sunday, as New Delhi officials indicated the man wanted a Punjab National Bank fraud case. he continued to be Indian as his move to renounce his citizenship was not accepted by the government.
The Indian-born Choksi went missing in Antigua and Barbuda, a resident of Zimbabwe, last Sunday, but was arrested by Dominican police on Tuesday night on charges of trespassing on the island. The two islands are about 100 miles [100 km] away.
Choksi may have left Antigua and set sail for neighboring Dominica to have dinner or “have fun” with his girlfriend, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda telling a radio program in his country.
The Qatar Executive Bombardier Global 5,000 plane arrived by surprise at Dominica Airport in Douglas Charles on Saturday. It is a publicly accessible flight route that took off from New Delhi on May 28 and landed in Dominica via Madrid.
Prime Minister Browne, who expressed his disapproval of Choksi in his country after his capture in Dominica, said: “What I really understand is that [the Indian government] has sent certain documents from Indian courts to prove that Choksi is a real refugee. ”
The documents, Browne added, will be used in a court case in Dominica, where a judge hears the case and adjourns it until Wednesday.
Indian officials are in contact with their Dominican counterparts in an effort to extradite him, as India has no plans to repatriate to the Caribbean, according to Delhi development observers.
Although Indian officials did not mention a private jet, they said it was “their chance” to bring Choksi to India. (Hindustan Times)
But those efforts were temporarily postponed after the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court agreed to hear the habeas corpus application of Choksi’s lawyers, and ordered that he not be deported until further notice.
“The Indian government seems to be doing everything possible to ensure that it is returned to India for indictment,” Browne told Antigua FM station. The interview was posted by Antigua Newsroom on its website.
In the case of Choksi’s arrival in Dominica, Browne said that the information we have is that Mehul Choksi may have taken his girlfriend to Dominica for dinner or to have a good time and was caught. That would be a big mistake because in Antigua he is a citizen and that they could not deport him.
While Indian officials did not comment on the private jet, they said this was their “opportunity” to bring Choksi to India because if he arrived in Antigua, he would have the right to become a citizen and the repatriation case could last for years.
The official, who did not want to be named, said HT Choksi’s Indian nationality had never been revoked, which could give India a Dominica opportunity to seek deportation.
Choksi’s disappearance in Antigua and his imprisonment in Dominica have created a political storm in Antigua, where he is a citizen.
Antiguan Prime Minister Browne on Saturday accused the country’s main opposition party – the United Progressive Party (UPP) – of accepting money from Choksi for its political campaigns.
The UPP issued a statement on Saturday in favor of Choksi, saying he should get his constitutional and legal rights as a citizen of Antigua.
Browne retaliated against UPP, saying: “After slandering my superiors by hiding Mehul Choksi, who has Interpol Red Notice, they now want to clean up the refugees for campaign support … There has never been a violation of Choksi’s law and constitutional protection, even though my superiors to take his citizenship. ”
Choksi’s lawyers Wayne Marsh and Vijay Aggarwal allege that the businessman was abducted in Antigua and tortured on his way to Dominica and in custody.
Responding to Browne’s remarks on Sunday, Aggarwal said: “All these ideas of Mehul Choksi fleeing Antigua voluntarily contradict common sense. First, he lives with her in Antigua. Secondly, I was informed that his passport was only in Antigua, so no one would try to escape without having his passport in his pocket. Violent marks on the body and in this imported item are now filing kidnapping claims. ”
To be sure, Choksi is currently being held by police and placed in a detention center in Roseau, where he is allowed to meet with his lawyers.
Dominica has stated that it will be repatriated to Antigua after receiving all the facts.
Acting police chief Lincoln Corbette on Thursday said Choksi would be sent to Antigua.