Indian team sent to bring back Choksi leaves Dominica, heads home
His application for bail was rejected.Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi had fled India in the first week of January 2018, weeks before the PNB scam rocked the Indian banking industry.The duo allegedly bribed officials of the state-run bank to get Letters of Undertaking LoU on the basis of which they availed loans from overseas banks that remained unpaid.The allegedly corrupt bank officials did not enter these LoUs in the core banking software of PNB, thus evading scrutiny. Choksi took the citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda in 2017.
India's multi-agency team that had gone to Dominica to bring back Mehul Choksi is headed back home on a Qatar Airways private jet after the island nation's high court adjourned the hearing on the fugitive diamantaire's habeas corpus petition, sources said.
The multi-agency team of officials is also returning, the sources said.
A habeas corpus petition is filed for producing before a court a person who is under arrest or in unlawful detention.
It is likely that the next hearing may take place after a month and the businessman will remain in Dominica, local media reported.
Thursday's hearing was conducted through videoconferencing with a group of protesters standing outside the High Court building in Roseau carrying placards with messages seeking to know the truth about the controversy.
''Who brought Choksi to Dominica?'' read one of the placards, the photo of which was published by many media outlets.
The judge had on Wednesday ordered production of Choksi before the magistrate to face charges of illegal entry into Dominica.
The 62-year-old wheelchair-bound diamantaire, who has a pending Interpol Red Notice against him, arrived before presiding Roseau Magistrate Court in black shorts and a blue T-shirt from the Dominica-China Friendship Hospital, where he is undergoing treatment. His application for bail was rejected.
The duo allegedly bribed officials of the state-run bank to get Letters of Undertaking (LoU) on the basis of which they availed loans from overseas banks that remained unpaid.
The allegedly corrupt bank officials did not enter these LoUs in the core banking software of PNB, thus evading scrutiny. The non-payment of these LoUs or bank guarantees worth Rs 13,500 crore resulted in default and became a liability on the bank.
Choksi had mysteriously gone missing on May 23 from Antigua and Barbuda, where he has been staying since 2018 as a citizen since he fled Delhi.
He has detained in neighbouring island country Dominica for illegal entry after a possible romantic escapade with his rumoured girlfriend.
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