Fugitive Diamond trader Mehul Choksi has moved to Antigua and got a local passport, reported PTI on Tuesday. Reports said following another Interpol notice the Antiguan authorities told the Enforcement Directorate that the diamantaire has moved to Antigua from the US after arriving there in the month of July. The authorities also informed that he has got a passport to the Caribbean country. Mehul Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi fled the country in January this year after a Rs 13,500 scam took place at the Punjab National Bank. The investigation agencies have been looking out for the two since then.

In June, the ED has told the Mumbai Court that both of the scamsters should be declared as ‘fugitive economic offenders” and all of their assets worth Rs 3,500 crore should be confiscated. As per reports, Nirav Modi is currently in Brussels, the capital of Belgium. He has refused to return to India, saying that he would be killed by mobs if he was brought back to the country.

While a special court in Mumbai has issued a non-bailable warrant against Choksi, The CBI moved the Interpol for the issuance of Red Corner notice against the Gitanjali group promoter. The process is still in process as Choksi is considered as one of the masterminds behind the huge PNB scam. After the issuance of RCN, the countries of the Lyon-based international police cooperation agency can arrest and extradite him. On the other hand, RCN has been issued against Nirav Modi and his brother Nishal by Interpol.

Earlier on Monday, Mehul Choksi moved the Prevention of Money Laundering Act Court seeking cancellation of a non-bailable warrant (NBA). The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has also reportedly filed a 12000-page charge sheet against Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi, Nirav Modi’s father, Deepak Modi, sister Purvi Mehta, brother Neeshal Modi and Nehal Modi.


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