Mehul Choksi goes missing, may have fled Antigua and reached Cuba, local police launch probe

Prime News, International (Antigua), May 25:- Fugitive diamond trader Mehul Choksi, wanted in the Rs 13,000 crore PNB scam case, may have fled Antigua and could have landed in Cuba.

The Antigua Police has filed a missing person’s report on diamond trader Mehul Choksi, who is wanted in the multi-crore PNB scam case. Mehul Choksi had taken the citizenship of the Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda.

“Antiguanewsroom”, a local media outlet, quoted Commissioner of Police Atlee Rodney that the police are “following up on the whereabouts of Indian businessman Mehul Choksi”, who is “rumoured” to be missing.

Mehul Choksi was last seen at 5.15 pm on Sunday (May 23) evening while leaving his residence in a car. The Johnson Point Police Station in Antigua has filed a case on Mehul Choksi going missing from Antigua.

According to Prime Minister of Antigua, Gaston Browne, the government authorities are trying to trace Mehul Choksi and citizens have been asked to inform police if they have any information.

According to sources, Mehul Choksi might have fled from Antigua and moved to Cuba, where he owns a property. According to a media report in Antigua, Mehul’s associate was quoted as saying, “Mehul Choksi has left the country and most probably is currently residing in his other luxurious home in Cuba.”

Mehul Choksi might have left Antigua as the Indian government mounted pressure on Antiguan authorities to revoke his citizenship.

According to local reports quoting Mehul Choksi’s associate, he has citizenship of another Caribbean country.

Mehul Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi are both wanted for allegedly siphoning off Rs 13,500 crore of public money from the state-run Punjab National Bank (PNB), using letters of undertaking.

While Nirav Modi is in a London prison after repeated denial of bail and is contesting extradition to India, Choksi had taken the citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda in 2017 using the Citizenship by Investment programme, before fleeing India in the first week of January 2018. The scam came to light subsequently. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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