Mehul Choksi Granted Interim Bail In Dominica, Can Travel To Antigua For Treatment

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A Dominican court on July 12 granted interim bail to fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi. Court allowed Choksi to travel to Antigua and Barbuda, where he is a citizen, “strictly for medical treatment”. Choksi, however, will have to return to Dominica where he is facing illegal entry charges, as soon as he is fit to travel, reported Hindustan Times. Court has asked Choksi to deposit Eastern Caribbean dollars 10,000 (around Rs 2.75 lakh) as surety for the bail. His legal team approached the Dominica high court last week seeking relief on the ground that his health was deteriorating and he needed urgent medical attention. Meanwhile, the proceedings against him in the illegal entry case filed by Dominica police have been adjourned. Reportedly, Choksi also approached the high court last week. Choksi, a fugitive diamantaire, went missing from Antigua on May 23 and was found in Dominica the next day. He was charged for illegal entry by police in Dominica. Indian government has sought his deportation directly from Dominica. Choksi is an illegal citizen in Dominica, while in Antigua, he enjoys constitutional and legal protection. Choksi fled India in January 2018 after cheating Punjab National Bank of $952 million. He is currently facing extradition proceedings, as well as revocation of citizenship proceedings, in Antigua.

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