Choksi unlikely to return to face charges of illegal entry due to poor health

File photo of Choksi leaving court in Dominica June 2021

Due to poor health, it is quite unlikely that Indian fugitive Mehul Choksi will return to Dominica to answer illegal entry charges.

Choksi, who disappeared mysteriously from Antigua and Barbuda, showed up in Dominica on May 23rd and was charged for illegally entering the country.

While the circumstances surrounding his arrival in Dominica from Antigua remains a mystery, Choksi told lawmen that he was kidnapped by operatives of India and possibly Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda.

He had visible marks about his body to back up his claim that he was severely beaten while he was being “taken”.

And after being in police custody for several weeks, Choksi was granted bail in July by a Dominica High Court to allow him to travel to Antigua and Barbuda for treatment of his neurological condition.

The court has also stayed the ongoing trial before a magistrate for his alleged illegal entry, until his return.

But his wife who spoke to reporter Shermain Bique-Charles, Priti Choksi, claimed that returning to Dominica may never happen saying that Choksi’s health is slowly deteriorating.

“They said that he can’t go back until he is 100 percent fit and, as you can imagine, a 63-year-old man being 100 percent fit –I don’t know what they mean by this. The bail condition says he has to be completely fit. I wonder whether they would even accept him based on his health condition,” she questioned.

Priti said her husband is not against going back to answer the charges against him in the neighbouring island, but he may never be able to do so.

“He isn’t doing well. I cannot disclose all the things he is suffering from but his ailments are getting worse,” she disclosed.

Choksi is wanted on allegations he committed a multi-billion dollar scam in the Punjab National Bank.

After news of Choksi being held in Dominica surfaced, his lawyers moved with unprecedented agility to file a Habeas Corpus petition before the Dominica High Court which was admitted for hearing.

Their swift legal manoeuvres, coupled with an investigation into the circumstances of his disappearance from Antigua, allegedly foiled attempts by India to get Choksi deported from Dominica.

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22 Comments

  1. Mark
    March 8, 2022

    Choksi was allegedly kidnapped in Antigua and brought to Dominica where he was picked up by DPF and eventually returned to Antigua. Case of an “ILLEGAL EMIGRANT” being sent home. These deportations happen everyday in places like the US so what’s the big deal about this case? Remember the alleged crime of kidnapping took place in Antigua and not Dominica therefore any investigation should rest on the shoulders of the Antiguan authorities.

    • Mike
      March 9, 2022

      When you see a story that an illegal immigrant is kidnapped in Mexico and brought over to the United States and the Director of the FBI is waiting at the border crossing to personally handle the case, the coyotes who kidnapped the immigrant are released, let us gullible Dominicans know about that case.

  2. Corinthia Dupuis
    March 8, 2022

    As I said before and will say again, Dominica is not a real country. What wickedness in high places!

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  3. Corn Corner
    March 8, 2022

    When I read the headline I was shocked beyond words. Well, Dominicans, “they really have allyu by the shorts”. Do you know what hurts me more ? That many Dominicans who will offer their prayers this morning by their bedside, and some who will go to mass (or mask), will read this story and pretend to believe it is true. One day, the chickens will come home to roost – in their hair! Allyu bad, bad, bad. The main aim of this corrupt government is to keep the people dependent and persecute the opposition out of existence. But their day will come!

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  4. Jey Jey
    March 7, 2022

    They are trying to force open Choksi’s hand to give them a few millions and then to give him dual citizenship in Dominica and Antigua.

    • Toto
      March 8, 2022

      Jey Jey what you saying there makes no sense bro. Why Choksi should spend money for a Dominican passport, the country that wanted to deport him to India when he has citizenship from Antigua and Barbuda already. Maybe your story is a joke then.

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  5. Bwa-Banday
    March 7, 2022

    All I will say is;
    “When rouges and vagabonds fall out, just men get their rewards”. Skerro, Gaston, Dca Police Commissioner, Antigua Police commissioner (who happens to be Dcan) played the justice system big time to hide one of the biggest alleged kidnapping stories in Caribbean history involving those at the top even the police. Now they are trying to run from a bad nightmare. Great plan but bad execution if you ask me!

    If the “condition of bail” does contain this language then whom ever prepared the document is complicit. Right there the deal of “No return” was completed in plain sight. So they the curious investigators have a start. Who prepared the bail document? Make them talk…day-par-layyyy!

    What a darn shame! When are we going to get rid of this corrupt government and police high command? JAH! OH JAH JAH!

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  6. Jonathan Y St Jean
    March 7, 2022

    We have demonstrated during the Covid-19 pandemic that teaching which involves a back and forth interaction can work very well. I’m also sure that other legal matters have been conducted successfully via video, therefore what will prevent the trial of Choksi to be conducted via video technology which exists in Dominca and Antigua. The answer is simply that the truth will come out and the leaders of Dominca and Antigua and the law enforcement bodies will end up looking terrible. Couldn’t Choksi use whatever the law allows him to push to the highest level for a trial to clear his name and give his wife and family the satisfaction of clearing away the rumor that he was a fugitive who escaped to Dominca?. Irrespective, sensible people know that the powers that be and the corrupt legal system will facilitate this matter dying a slow quiet death out of the courts. Sparrow sang about the “good citizens who violate the law and have the law protect them at the same time”

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  7. Man bite dogs
    March 7, 2022

    Make no mistake Dominicans do not let people like Francisco, and others to bulls**t you guys Mr Choksi didn’t come to Dominica by mistake or kidnapped ugly Lenny, and his lollypops knows a great deal more than the eyes can see being an ex-military personnel we were trained what to look for within the enemies and honesty, there are many ways to trap a rat without adding cheese to the traps.

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    • Ibo France
      March 7, 2022

      You can’t even see further than your nose. You really cannot write nor spell your real name. How can any serious military institution employ a complete illiterate? The only jobs you can do is to clean boots, toilets, showers, floors and the likes.

      Dog Man, you need to be arrested for cruelty to animals. Stop abusing dogs.

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  8. No justice
    March 7, 2022

    No investigation, neither in Antigua not Dominica. When all is added up, clearly an international crime of kidnapping and torture, was committed. It is everybody’s gguess that authorities don’t want any investigations, much less court case…alledged implications.

    Vaccines for COVID from India to RS govt, who sent some to Antiguan govt. Plane from India land in Dominica while Choski here. To do what?
    But CARICOM chairman is the Antiguan pm, who, as alledged is in the middle of that heinous act.

    The evils that these men do, while in Public Office, will live with them.

    Where Might is Right, expect no Justice.

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  9. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    March 7, 2022

    Soon a certain man with a name like Roosevelt will suffer the same fate; he will go to bed one night, asleep, only to wake up at some time in another country, where the charges of corruption and thievery will be read to him.

    He will, also be beaten, maybe his patellas will be shattered; and boy, I can tell you nothing is as painful as a broken kneecap!

    I believe that Dominicans were fully involved in the abduction of that Indian fugitive out of Punjab India by brute force; and who knows he might know the Dominica doctor, who bought his Ph.D form a non-accredited university of Punjab eh!

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahah!

    Is it not strange that of all places in the Caribbean, or let’s say the entire West Indies that fugitive was brought to Dominica?

    There are two culprits involve here, one scoundrel head out of Antigua, and the other head, a corrupted Dominica crook!

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  10. Zandoli
    March 7, 2022

    Does everyone who enters Dominica illegally get charged with a crime? Or does that apply only to high profile cases.
    Dominicans have historically gone to Marie Galante to shop and return the same day via non-legal ports of entry, yet I don’t see a parade of people from the North-East being arrested and charged for illegal entry into the country.

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  11. Lawyer
    March 7, 2022

    Why am I not surprised! This has Skerrit written all over it…

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    • TBT
      March 8, 2022

      You are right. He is a master of deception and always succeeds in sweeping negatives under the carpet. Labour supporters call it PROGRESS.

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  12. Ibo France
    March 7, 2022

    Choski claimed that he was kidnapped from Antigua and brought to Dominica. After hearing the circumstances which he was transported to Dominica, in his own words, anyone with even a modicum of intelligence, knows he spoke the truth.

    The question is simply this. Why are the police so deafeningly silent on the status of the investigations surrounding this specific international scandal?

    Dominica can be designated as a pariah country. Saying that Dominica is a democracy is like saying a person is a honest thief.

    Ponder on this for a brief moment. Two foreign mercenaries came to Dominica, deposited a briefcase at the front door of Mr. Lennox Linton’s home to destroy his reputation. Despite being given names and visible evidence, the police have done NOTHING!

    Billions of CBI moneys are unaccounted for, yet, the police have not even lifted a finger. But, they have arrested Danny Lugay, Brian Linton and many other Opposition figures for absolutely NOTHING. Rogue country this!

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  13. Lin clown
    March 7, 2022

    If you live on this world,you will know hundreds of people have staged their disappearance.Choksi is the only person interested in the case not being called,he is the only person saying he was kidnapped.Choksi saying he was kidnapped without evidence,will not stand in a court of law.Pipo and the other UWP supporters saying Choksi was kidnapped is hearsay.People have shot themselves to stage robberies and murder.

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    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      March 9, 2022

      No question in my mind that you do not have a brain!

      Here you are talking about a man who bought his Antiguan citizenship, to escape Punjab India, from punishment for money he illegally obtained from the Indian government.

      He has his house (home) in Antigua, and probably all of his money in banks in Antigua, nevertheless; you are suggesting he left his home, and money in Antigua by staging his abduction.

      And if he did; tell us what the police in Dominica found in his possession when he was caught according to you.

      Tell us Mr. silly Clown, how much money then found?

      If I staged my abduction, I would not leave my place of residence to another without money and a change of clothes with me; and for who they said has billions of
      dollars to go to a place like Dominica penniless.
      Your theory is flawed ; it makes absolutely no sense!

      How stupid is that?

  14. WeNiceMan
    March 7, 2022

    Well we all knew that.

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  15. March 7, 2022

    Come back dominica for case? The amount of lixxxxx choksi get under his phalma that man will never come back here for another case.

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  16. Pipo
    March 7, 2022

    I do think this is a very convenient pretext for filing this case in the proverbial poubelle because clearly it is not in the interests of either the Dominica government nor the Antigua one for the lid to be lifted and expose the ordure in that bin. What a stink that would produce! But what is good for the goose is good for the gander. If the expensive Trini lawyers for the PM in the prosecution of Mr. Linton can be heard & seen by video link why doesn’t the same apply to Mehul Choksi

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    • Ibo France
      March 7, 2022

      Your last point is so solid. They are expending hundreds of thousands of scarce tax dollars on a wild goose chase just to embarrass and jail Mr. Lennox Linton. However, on real, pertinent issues, they have without justifiable reasons, stubbornly refused to pursue them through the court.

      The Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force is umbilically tied to lies, brutality, mischief, corruption, death, secrecy, pain, harassment and embarrassment.

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