PNB scam accused Mehul Choksi, who was arrested in Dominica, “can be deported only to Antigua, not to India”, his lawyer Vijay Aggarwal said.
He added, “As per the Indian Citizenship Act…the moment Mehul Choksi acquired…citizenship of Antigua, he ceased to be a citizen of India.” Earlier, Antigua and Barbuda PM Gaston Browne told Dominica to repatriate Choksi to India.
A statement by the Dominican government also indicated that Choksi might be sent back to Antigua.
“Further as per universal declaration of human right there are international covenants on voluntary repatriation and a person can be deported to only the country of his citizenship,” Agarwal added.
During an interview with a news agency, Gaston Browne, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda 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.”
According to CBI, Choksi is fighting two cases in Antigua, one related to his citizenship and his extradition to India.
Choksi, an accused in the over Rs 13,500 crore PNB fraud case along with his nephew Nirav Modi, has been residing in Antigua and Berbuda since January 4, 2018.
On May 23, he was reported missing in Antigua and Barbuda. The next day, Choksi was caught by the local police of Dominica, reportedly when he arrived on a boat.