Wanted for PNB scam, Choksi may have become citizen of Antigua

reason for the citizenship in that country is that he will be able to travel freely

With the PNB bank scam still haunting the government, it has now emerged that fugitive diamond trader Mehul Choksi’s may have bought citizenship from Antigua.

It need be mentioned that Choksi is wanted for a Rs. 13,500 crore bank fraud along with his nephew Nirav Modi.

The reason for the citizenship in that country is that he will be able to travel freely.

Yesterday, the CBI wrote to Antigua asking for details on where the 59-year-old is staying.

Antigua is among the many tax havens in the Caribbean and has no extradition treaty with India, which makes it harder to chase the runaway diamond businessman.

Various media outlets have speculated that Choksi may have taken the citizenship of Antigua way back in November 2017.

Nirav Modi and Choksi are accused of swindling the state-run Punjab National Bank of Rs. 13,400 crore.

There is an Interpol Red Corner Notice against Nirav Modi over the PNB scam.

To the CBI’s request for one against Choksi, the Interpol had asked for clarifications.

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