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Indian Govt Formally Sends Extradition Request To Antigua For Fugitive Mehul Choksi

| August 5 , 2018 , 13:08 IST

The Indian government on Sunday formally handed over the extradition request to Antiguan authorities for Mehul Choksi.

Choksi, an accused involved with Nirav Modi in the Punjab National Bank scam of Rs 13,417 crore, secured a local passport in Antigua and Barbuda after fulfilling the necessary payments and investments in the country.

On Saturday, the Mumbai Police said they gave a clear report to Choksi last year as no criminal record found against him.

Choksi submitted its application for citizenship in Antigua in May 2017.

Choksi reportedly fled from the United States to the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda to secure himself from the extradition as the Antigua and Barbuda have strict Banking Secrecy laws and difficult terms and conditions for the extradition of an offender.

India also does not have an extradition treaty with Antigua and Barbuda.

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The Enforcement Directory (ED) on July 27 in a charge sheet filed before a Mumbai court against fugitive Choksi stated that he was the mastermind behind the behemoth PNB scam of Rs 13,417 crore.

''Choksi had designed the entire scheme of fraud and the movement of the money under the garb of import and export," ED said in charge-sheet.

The Antigua government on July 27 indicated that it may consider a request from India to send back loan defaulter Choksi.