India steadfast in resolve to bring fugitives back to country: MEA on Choksi
   Date :04-Jun-2021

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NEW DELHI :
 
THE Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said India remains steadfast in its resolve that fugitives of the country are brought back and all efforts would continue to bring back Mehul Choksi, who is wanted in a major banking fraud here. “He (Choksi) is currently in the custody of Dominica where some legal proceedings are underway. We will continue to ensure that he is brought back to India,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi told reporters here at an online press briefing.
 
He was replying to a batch of questions regarding Choksi, who had fled to Antigua but was recently found in Dominica. To another question regarding Palestine Foreign Minister Riad Malki writing to Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to protest against India’s decision to abstain from voting at UNHRC on Gaza violence, the MEA spokesperson said the position that India took was not new and the country has abstained on the previous occasions also. He also said Palestine has written similar letters to all countries that abstained.
 
‘Antigua and Barbuda prefers repatriation of Choksi from Dominica to India directly’: Antigua and Barbuda prefers that fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi be repatriated from Dominica to India directly, Cabinet of the Caribbean island country decided in a meeting, local media reported. The Cabinet minutes published by the media outlet show that “Choksi matter” was one of the agenda items discussed during the meeting on Wednesday where it was held that Choksi is now a “problem” of Dominica and if he comes back to Antigua and Barbuda the “problem reverts” to it.