Today’s decision of a Dominica court will make it clear whether the way to bring Mehul Choksi to India will be cleared or he will be saved due to legal rigging.
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Mehul Choksi was caught in Dominica on his way to Cuba. Mehul Choksi holds Antigua citizenship. Troubled by Mehul Choksi’s actions, the government of Antigua has requested Dominica to hand him over to India directly. If it happens that Mehul Choksi can come to India before Nirav Modi.
Mehul’s lawyer kept this side
Mehul Choksi’s lawyer Vijay Aggarwal says that from the time Gitanjali Group chairman and businessman Choksi acquired Antigua citizenship, he ceased to be a citizen of India. Therefore, according to sections 17 and 23 of the Immigration and Passport Act legally, he can only be deported to Antigua. The lawyer has claimed that contrary to the statement of Antigua officials, Choksi did not flee to Dominica. He was trapped through honeytrap and kidnapped. Choksi was friends with a woman for the past six months, who was called to an apartment in Antigua on May 23. From there Choksi was kidnapped by some people. He was then allegedly beaten up before being taken to Dominica. He was taken hostage in a yacht and tortured in many ways.
Seven lawyers kept Mehul’s side in court
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Best chance to bring back Mehul
This is the best chance to bring the fugitive Mehul Choksi back to India. The court in Dominica has to convince that there is a strong legal case against him and that he is a fugitive criminal. Sources said India would also argue that its sole intention of acquiring Antigua citizenship was to avoid the clutches of the law in India. An official said that there is an Interpol notice against Choksi, which is sufficient grounds to hand him over to India. However, India does not have an extradition treaty with Dominica. Yet India followed the extradition proceedings in court, which lasted more than a year. In such a situation, India has enough base to bring Choksi.