Mehul Choksi was granted Antigua citizenship in November.
Fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi, who is wanted in India for a Rs. 13,000 crore bank fraud, has put out a video statement for the first time since he was named in the case. Speaking to news agency ANI from Antigua, Mehul Choksi defended himself saying that all allegations made against him by the Enforcement Directorate are false and baseless.
“All the allegations labeled by the ED are false and baseless. They have attached my properties illegally without being any basis of the seen,” Mehul Choksi said in the video.
Mehul Choksi was granted Antigua citizenship in November. He left India in the first week of January and took an oath of allegiance as a citizen of Antigua on January 15. Days later, on January 29, the CBI filed a case and started investigating Choksi and his nephew, celebrity jeweller Nirav Modi, over a Rs. 13,500 crore fraud that involved fake guarantees in the name of India’s second-largest government bank PNB, or Punjab National Bank, to facilitate overseas loans.
On Monday, the Enforcement Directorate sent a reminder to Interpol about its application seeking a red corner notice against Mehul Choksi. They said a detailed request for issuing an arrest warrant against him by the global police body was sent in June, soon after the ED filed a charge sheet against him in a Mumbai court.