NEW DELHI ;
IN A massive setback for the Indian fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi, wanted in India in Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case, the Dominican Government declared him as a “prohibited immigrant” in their country. An order issued by the Ministry of National Security and Home Affairs on May 25 said, “in accordance to section 5(1)(f) of the Immigration and Passport Act Chapter 18:01 of the 2017 Revised laws of the Commonwealth of Dominica, you, Mehul Chinubhai Choksi, is hereby declared a prohibited immigrant.”
“I further direct that the necessary action be taken to have the said prohibited immigrant removed from the Commonwealth of Dominica in keeping with the procedure laid out in the said Act,” added the order, signed by Dominican Minister Rayburn Blackmoore. Meanwhile, Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit termed Choksi as an “Indian citizen” and stated that the courts will decide what happens to the fugitive, Antigua News Room reported on Wednesday.
According to the Caribbean news outlet, Skerrit also added that the Government will protect the rights of Choksi as he awaits trial. Meanwhile, Priti Choksi, wife of fugitive Indian businessman Mehul Choksi, has alleged that the entire episode since her husband went missing was a state-sponsored scheme that went wrong. While talking to ANI, she raised a series of questions to make her case and also accused Barbara Jabarica, Choksi’s alleged girlfriend, of wrongdoing.