Mehul Choksi held ‘fleeing’, lawyer contests, not citizen, can’t be sent to India

Mehul Choksi held ‘fleeing’, lawyer contests, not citizen, can’t be sent to India

Mehul Choski, a fugitive diamond trader, has been arrested in the island nation of Dominica. The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, has requested Dominica to repatriate Choksi to India. The lawyer of Choksi, Vijay Agarwal said that his client is not a citizen of India, and under the existing laws, he cannot be repatriated to India. A statement passed by the Dominican Government has indicated that Choksi might be sent back to Antigua.

In an  Interview, Browne said “The Dominican government is cooperating with the Antiguan and Indian governments. We have requested Dominican law enforcement agencies to not return him to Antigua, where he has legal and constitutional rights as a citizen. We specifically requested them to have Indian law enforcement agencies make necessary arrangements to have him returned directly to India.”

Ministry of National Security and Home Affairs of Dominica had issued a statement with says that Choski has been detained for” illegal entry” and it has been in touch with the Antigua and Barbuda authorities to ascertain the citizenship of Choksi. The statement says “Once the information is provided by Antigua authorities, possible arrangements will be made for Mr. Mehul Choksi to be repatriated to Antigua.”

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