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Mehul Choksi's Video Message From Antigua, Says All Allegations Are 'False And Baseless'

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| September 11 , 2018 , 15:02 IST

The fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi, an accused involved in the Punjab National Bank fraud of $2 billion with his nephew Nirav Modi, released a video on Tuesday.

In the video message, Choksi said, "All the allegations levelled by the ED are false and baseless. They have attached my properties illegally without there being any basis of the same."

Commenting on the passport revocation Choksi said, "The passport authorities revoked my passport altogether in view of which I was immobilised. On February 16, I received an email from the passport office which said that my passport has been suspended due to reasons of security threat to India. On February 20, I sent an email to the regional passport office, Mumbai, requesting them to revoke the suspension of my passport. However, I did not receive any reply from the regional passport office," Choksi said.

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"The regional passport office did not give an explanation as to why my passport has been suspended and how I was a security threat to India. Hence, as my passport was suspended, there was no question of surrendering the same," he added.

The questions were sent by the ANI that was asked by the Choksi lawyer in the Antigua and Barbuda.

These statements of Choksi came out when the Indian government is trying to extradite him from the Caribbean nation Antigua and Barbuda.

Choksi had secured a local passport in Antigua after fulfilling the necessary payments and investments in the country to save himself from the extradition as the Antigua has a 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.

Choksi, the owner of Gitanjali Group and the uncle of Nirav Modi are ‘wanted’ under sections 120(B) of the Indian Penal Code read with Sections 409 and 420 of IPC and relevant provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.