Fresh charges filed against Mehul Choksi in India

Investigators in India have filed fresh charges against diamond trader and Antiguan citizen Mehul Choksi relating to a massive bank scam in the Asian country.

The new charge sheet from India’s Central Bureau of Investigation – filed last week – claims that Choksi, in sync with bank officials, got 165 Letters of Undertaking and 58 Foreign Letters of Credit issued fraudulently in 2017, causing losses of almost 100 million US dollars to the bank and then indulged in a cover-up.

A supplementary charge sheet charges Choksi with cheating, criminal conspiracy and corruption.

Indian officials have said the latest charges will be shared with authorities and the courts in Dominica to boost India’s deportation plea.

The agency filed an affidavit in Dominica’s High Court saying that Choksi is a fugitive from justice, the chief conspirator and main beneficiary of the bank scam, and is yet to assist the investigations despite repeated summons.

It says too that there is a string of oral and documentary evidence against the businessman.

The Indian government has also apparently informed the Dominican high court that Choksi is still an Indian citizen and needs to face the law in his native land.

Choksi went missing from Antigua and Barbuda, where he gained citizenship in 2017, on May 23.

He was found in Dominica the next day and has since been charged with illegal entry into the Caribbean country.

His lawyers have alleged he was abducted and taken to the nature isle.

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14 Comments

  1. Lin clown
    June 19, 2021

    So,Jonathan explain to us what is the role of INTERPOL in the CHOKSI case.Linton,Viewsexpressed,IBO France,Jonathan,Francisco-ODDS has NEVER explained the role of INTERPOL

    • Jonathan Y St Jean
      June 22, 2021

      @Lin clown, the role of INTERPOL is the role of INTERPOL. You seem to be giving INTERPOL more autonomy than it deserves here. It doesn’t supercede the courts of Dominica in this instance otherwise we would have heard so. Therefore I’m not concerned about the role of INTERPOL. Since you are so interested,, you need to go and educate yourself about the various orders and the differences when issued by INTERPOL. You make no sense. The courts in Dominica aren’t bowing to the request of INTERPOL in this instance.

  2. Bring back the kidnapped parrots
    June 18, 2021

    Why has this man not been already extradited back to India? is it because yours truly is waiting on some kind of money reward from India to sell him back to Indian authorities? There is no reason for him to still be on Dominica unless some local politicians are expecting India to pay them money to send him back they are holding him as ransom.

  3. ShameDA
    June 18, 2021

    Shame, shame, shame on Antigua for not standing up for their own Citizen, but rather abandoning him. Shame on the people of Dominica for sitting in silence while their country is be dragged into the gutter by one individual. Shame to a hungry people. This stain on Dominica will not be erased, but Lenox de honey church will not add this saga to his history book. Shame all around.

  4. Goodgirl
    June 18, 2021

    Justice cannot be Justice In India and not upholding our constitution in Dominica, it’s not balance at all.The manner in which the courts in Dominica is behaving its like this man committed some huge bank fraud in Dominica,where we had big criminal cases in Dominica and the court never took it so seriously.Justice is Jystice inspite of the country.

  5. It's Not your damn business
    June 17, 2021

    The Choksi story reminds me of when King Herod wanted to kill baby Jesus and Mary and Joseph were told to flee to Egypt and hide their baby until Herod died Matt. 2:1- 15. The difference is Jesus was a Holy hide out whereas the Choksi matter is a very corrupt matter that the two most corrupt leaders in CARICOM are involved in. The big question is, how much of the stolen money is hiding in Antigua and Dominica and the other question is, are the people of Antigua and Dominica benefitting from that stone money or just two very corrupt men?

  6. I Believe
    June 17, 2021

    India should charge Roosevelt Skerrit for conspiracy because I believe with all my heart that Skerrit, Brown and Choksi planned to hide the wanted fugitive in Dominica and only God knows what’s their cut

  7. dissident
    June 17, 2021

    de man was on Antiguan soil as a citizen of Antigua and India never brought these charges……is this new evidence…didn’t they know this before?
    why does India think that they can try Choksi case in Dominica?
    de court process in Antigua is taking too long because he is a CBI citizen.
    i don’t think that our court was prepared for this…..because he didn’t come here with his passport.

  8. %
    June 17, 2021

    What do the new charges in India have to do with he, Choksi, being allegedly kidnapped from one Caricom country and brought to another?.. Would Choksi just take it upon himself and come to Dominica that have ties with India? I strongly doubt it. Who were nefarious players involved? They need to be smoked from their corrupt holes and nailed to the cross, while Choksi should be deported to his new country where he came from, Antigua. On the face of it, seem like 3 countries are involved in Choksi’s presence here:Antigua, Dominica and India.

    • Realist aka Expat
      June 18, 2021

      %, you asked verbatim, ” Would Choksi just take it upon himself and come to Dominica that have ties with India ?” Just a little info, Dominica does not have an extradition treaty with India but Antigua does. Remember, these are your words not mine.

  9. Ibo France
    June 17, 2021

    Let some not get overly excited because of these very recent extra charges against the diamond tycoon. Remember this! A man is innocent until found guilty. Mr. Choisi has been convicted of NOTHING.

    Another thing DNO. Mr. Linton came out with a very balanced and enlightening statement about Choksi’s presence in Dominica. Very commendable statement if you ask me. This article is on another online news site. Since it did not originate with Mr. Skerrit, DNO unsurprisingly treats it with a 100ft. pole. Yet, the same DN,O is lightning quick to print this article about additional charges against Choksi.

    DNO shows imbalance, bias, favoritism, partiality and partisanship in their selections of articles they publish. Everything that’s said on the Sunday evening falsehood show are plastered all over DNO news site. Objectivity gone awry.

    ADMIN: We have received the statement and will be putting out an article.

  10. Jonathan Y St Jean
    June 17, 2021

    Since Dominca doesn’t have an extradition treaty with India, I don’t see the big deal with the additional charges as far as Dominca is concerned. Choksi is a citizen of Caricom and more specifically Antigua. I’m reminded that Skerritt stabbed the OECS colleagues in the back when it was time to decide on a nominee for secretary general of the Commonwealth. He went with Britain at the expense of the sub-regional decision. I won’t be surprised to see Skerritt again turn his back on a Caricom citizen and not give him the protection and instead side with India even if no extradition treaty exists between Dominca and India. Where are the morals and principles of the double doctorate dude? When one considers the foreign passport issue for which he was brought to court, then the past is a good guide to the behavior we see practiced by Skerritt. Even if a serpent changes it’s skin it’s still a slimy low-life animal. The bible doesn’t endear snakes to believers.

  11. L C Matthew
    June 17, 2021

    He is charged with corruption and theft in India and will and should go back face his charges. What happened in India has no jurisdiction in Dominica only the violation in Dominica matters. Send him back to Antigua let them deal with that there. Meanwhile the ones in Dominica trying to send him back are embroiled in all forms of cheating conspiracy and corruption. The police is trying to cover thier tracks. Criminals trying to use crime to handle an accused. What a travesty. Corbett and skerrit your days of disgrace are numbered. You two psychopaths show your lack of conscience.

  12. Jojo
    June 17, 2021

    They better not let that man die in dominica

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