Mehul Choksi remains a patient at Dominica China Friendship Hospital

Choksi heading into the Magistrate’s court in Roseau on Monday

Indian fugitive, Mehul Choksi appeared before Chief Magistrate Candia Carriette-George on Monday June 7, 2021 where he was further remanded in the custody of the police as a patient at the Dominica China Friendship Hospital (DCFH).

Choksi, who has been admitted to the Imray ward of the hospital for the past 9 days, slowly made his way into the court on Monday unlike previous days when he was wheelchaired in.

Due to a gag order imposed by High court Judge Birnie Stephenson, Choksi’s condition is unknown.

Last week, he pleaded not guilty to illegal entry and bail was denied by the Chief Magistrate. However, the High court will today hear and rule on a bail application for the diamond tycoon.

Choksi’s legal team, led by Queen’s Counsel (QC) Justin Simon in Antigua and which comprises Julien Prevost, Wayne Norde, Wayne Benjamin Marsh and Cara Shillingford-Marsh, filed the bail application in the High court on June 3, 2021.

The 62-year-old who gained citizenship in Antigua and Barbuda is wanted by the Indian judicial authorities for allegedly cheating the Punjab National Bank of over two billion US dollars, one of India’s largest bank frauds in decades.

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47 Comments

  1. Lin clown
    June 9, 2021

    Jonathan ask you brother Gabriel,if JNO ROSE LINDSAY had a fair trial.

    • Jonathan Y St Jean
      June 10, 2021

      @Lin clown, isn’t it laughable that you want to bring my brother into a situation when we are discussing Choksi, an alleged Indian fraudster. You have no substance to go on if that’s all you got. Address me on things I’m associated with and leave other people’s issues out of it. Grow up. And as far as I know of the Jno Rose Lindsay matter someone was found guilty and sent to jail. This instance is supposed to have transparency because Caricom was brought into it, yet the family is grieving in an absence of information.

    • Jonathan Y St Jean
      June 10, 2021

      @Lin clown, my brother, Gabriel, received an honorary award from the country’s government for exemplary years of service. You can’t touch this.

  2. Jonathan Y St Jean
    June 8, 2021

    @Anon, I’m not only concerned about Choksi, if you understand what you read you will see that I mention the fate of the man killed by police in their custody and his name isn’t Choksi and he’s not from India. He’s from Kingshill in Dominica. Just so you get it right, most writers on here are concerned about the processes and the law being followed. In the beginning the police refused the lawyers for Choksi access to him. It’s the process which must be followed and let the chips fall where they may. Why haven’t we heard from the Authorities yet? We only hear from you. The plan was to sneak Choksi into the country and whisk him out on a private jet.

  3. En Ba LA
    June 8, 2021

    This is pure nonsense. The man’s attorney knows why he should not have stayed in Antigua. Attorneys defend clients.
    I would be asking how long ago did he actually hire this attorney – constitutional attorney. This attorney I guarantee you – he must have told his client – there is an extradition treaty between Antigua and India and none with Dominica. You have the potential of being sent back to India. Choki conveying this to his family and they knowing could arrange to have him go elsewhere – they have money to buy other passports.

    India does not have extradtion treaty with CUBA. so you can see he being a flight risk.
    I hope there is way for Antigua to cancel his passport this would make him an Indian citizen and Dominica send him back to India because of illegally entry.

    Bailing this man his family can acquire any other passport for him and he can give up his Antiguan citizenship and flee. The have money – Billionaires or millionaires in INIDIA.

  4. En Ba LA
    June 8, 2021

    Antingua has this in the CBI program requirement. He left India for Antigua days before the fraud was uncovered. Based on a LIE – he obtained citizenship “PAST behavior” – knowlingly defrauding the Antigua govt of a passport.

    “The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda has taken this position to safeguard the integrity of the Antigua and Barbuda passport and ensure that only persons whose past behaviour will not threaten the very well-being of the Citizenship Programme, can be accepted.”

    I would like to know if cancelling his Antigua passport would not make him an Indian citizen thereby giving the Indian’s the authority pick up their citizen- or even – this is an international case – involving people in Europe and elsewhere – nephews fleeing the US and heading to Hong Kong.

    The opposition parties are placing themselves under intense scrutiny as well as the CBI in Antigua.
    Check to see who gave you All MONEY – never know.

    • Frank N Stein
      June 10, 2021

      You should check to see where your RULING GOVERNMENT get all that election money! In your attempt to sideliine facts and shield your party support you want to blame the opposition which has absolutely no power. Question your government, all this happening under their watch. Its easy to know when people gaslighting, they blame the opposition for the governments shortcomings, PATHETIC! Scotland Yard will tell us who to blame.

  5. En Ba LA
    June 8, 2021

    I hope he does not get bail. If he was planning on travelling to Cuba – which would mean that he is trying to get out of the Caribbean – or Antigua’s ability to have him extradited. Antigua has extradition treaty with India (2001). 2017 he applied for citizenship Antingua(November) January he fled (i read this) to Antigua – days later the fraud was exposed Jan 15 he sworn in as citizen on Antigua. As to when he gave up his Indian citizenship (i read 2017 – so he most likely applied then – they denied him – according to India he is still a citizen.

    His attorney (Queens council) is a constitutional attorney also former politician(attorney general) knows knows why his client CHOKSI should not stay in Antigua – time is runnign out. In Dominica buying time to go to CUBA – Cuba Passport evade the CARICOM PAssport. Give up his Anitigua passport. I believe GOT caught or buying time in Dominica. Antigua should CANCEL his passport

    • Frank N Stein
      June 10, 2021

      All your comments are a repeat of Gaston rubbish. Thou protest too loudly! Leave Cuba out of your melee, how did he reach DA?

  6. Tall is her body
    June 8, 2021

    Oh Dominica, what has happened to your once proud and upstanding reputation internationally, and regionally? You are being abused by those who say they love you. They have exposed you to the ridicule indignation of others. India, who is half a world away has beef with you, Antigua who is your next door neighbor, has cast you out to the wolves, china who claims to be a friend, is lying to you and is pursuing only their self-interest. How did you allow yourself such debasement and contempt, how did you allow the immoral, greedy, and corrupt to abuse you this way. When will the proud and beautiful “Tall is her body” be redeemed, and the hungry hyenas be made to stand for their abuse of our land, our country? We must be strong, and put ourselves on the road to recovery from the shameless behavior of the ineptitude, theft, lying, and degradation of the ones who say they are in charge. Dominica must rise again.

  7. Tall is her body
    June 8, 2021

    Oh Dominica, Dominica, you who had such a grand visage and upstanding reputation internationally and regionally, has now been brought down to your knees by the immoral, unfair, injustices of greed and corruption. Can you ever recover? Will you always be now known as the doormat of all the dredges of the world? India, halfway around the world, has beef with you, Antigua right at your doorstep abusing you, china who says its a friend is lying to you, when will you see healing? what will it take for you to be the proud and upstanding “Tall is her body” again? I am hurting for my land, my country. We don’t deserve this.

  8. June 8, 2021

    Looks like Mahatma Ghandi.

  9. Not A Herd Follower
    June 8, 2021

    The Magistrate Court sat yesterday to determine if Mr. Choksi should be granted bail. The article does not provide specific information on the Magistrate’s statement or decision on the bail question.

  10. Bring back the kidnapped parrots
    June 8, 2021

    He has nothing to worry about he will just buy bribe some politicians for protection and to keep being extradited to India. Cash money can talk all he has to do is make some millions of dollars deposits in politicians overseas bank account greedy people would sell their own mother for some cash. He is going to become Dominica’s newest C B I citizen with large donation of cash disguised as investment in Dominica economy to certain politicians with full protection and passport with diplomatic immunity. All he will have to do and say when asked at the airport is see I am a Dominican diplomat you cannot arrest me and I am also a personal friend of their Prime Minister he gave me my passport as a show of appreciation for job well done and services rendered.

  11. SMFH
    June 8, 2021

    why is he even in jail??? but what is wrong with the law?? this is very very fishy!!! i hope he sues the government… so many haitians are in Dominica illegally police knows abouut and they are not in jail, why this man is in jail…someone is getting paid to have this man here…all you think Gaston easy…all we do is play sot in DA

    • June 8, 2021

      Have you asked why your brother from grandbaby, is at stock farm waiting on the decision of the court on wether he should be extradited to the US for crimes committed in that country? You are more concerned about Choksi than your own people.

      • Frank N Stein
        June 10, 2021

        Choksi is under arrest for Illegal entry not extradition, stick to the point.

      • If we knew better
        June 10, 2021

        Anon we have an extradition treaty with America, not with India. the man is an antiguan national. Just simply send him back. the gentleman from grandbay did crime, he will have his day in court. As for Mr. Choksi, there is much much more to this simple “backdoor” entry charge.

  12. A
    June 8, 2021

    But, as if it want to look like people actually taking for Choski? The man is a wanted criminal…why we not remembering that? lol
    When I first heard about that, I remember that batman movie, where the Bat went to some place (don’t remember the details) with no extradition; he kidnapped the criminal and dumped him on the police door step. When we watched that movie, all of us were cheering for Batman (don’t get me wrong, I know is fiction vs reality afterall). But, why do we insist on harbouring a criminal tho? Choski been hiding out in Antigua for how long while he waiting on his citizenship to be revoked. He got away from payback for too long. It’s about time he faces the music!

    *watching this whole thing play out like a movie while I there eating my popcorn* woosh

    • Jonathan Y St Jean
      June 8, 2021

      @A, let me remind you of a scenerio which unfolded not too long ago. A military general named Galtieri from Argentina was in England for medical attention and the Argentina authorities wanted him arrested and extradited to Argentina for crimes against humanity committed when he was the big dog in that country. It was a reign of terror and extrajudicial killings. The British had fought a war with Argentina, yet he was accorded his rights in court and not just arrested and shipped to Argentina. Since the laws of Dominca are based on the English common law patriotic citizens expect that everyone will be given the “full” rights which the law accords them. In law everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Don’t you forget that in your fanaticism. Good thing those in charge of the judicial system aren’t taking commands from people like you.

      • A
        June 10, 2021

        I don’t think that citing the protection of a military general who committed crimes against humanity is the right call tho……

    • Frank N Stein
      June 10, 2021

      No, it looking as if you do not have the capacity for that conversation. You cant think critically so you see it as a simpleton. Go read a book please.

    • If we knew better
      June 10, 2021

      all of who was cheering for batman? Do you know why Batman did it that way? because america couldnt go into China and do it themselves legally. Folks like you have no regard for rule of law, due process, and due diligence. Just like your Prime Minister. We know that India wants him. But why arent you asking the questins surround this case. like how did he really get here? who is really involved? and why are they trying to cover it up? Those involved have committed heinous crimes themselves for kidnapping, human trafficking, torture, theft and invasion of privacy. High ranking police officals involved, top politicians, the good name of your country at stake, and that is what you are worried about? if batman could do it why couldnt they? and dump him on our door step? ARE YOU A FOOL?? or just another ignorant laborite?

  13. %
    June 8, 2021

    I can see lawsuits from Choksi involving Dominica coming soon. They will fly left, right and center!!!
    Skerrit, Gaston Brown and India need to explain to the world why Choksi ended up in Dominica…..!
    I won’t put up my speculations up here on this medium, but i refuse to think like
    Kid on the Block
    Gary
    Man bites dog
    Lizforsatan
    Realist aka Expat
    Lic Clown

    • June 8, 2021

      @%, there seems to be a tight emotional fear building up in you every time you read the comments of the 6 of us whom you mentioned above. You know that we will always have the victory against you alls foolishness and the thought is stressing you up. There is a lot more come, so be ready to bear it, lest it drives you completely insane.

      But why won’t you leave your so-called speculation for us to read? What do you mean by “this medium”, isn’t it your favorite site?

      • Ibo France
        June 9, 2021

        Pity and Fear are two totally dissimilar things. % has nothing but pity for you. Don’t deliberately misconstrue it to massage your fragile, eggshell ego. By the way, stop your frequent desecration of God’s name. God doesn’t possess one evil bone

    • En Ba LA
      June 8, 2021

      This is pure nonsense. The man’s attorney knows why he should not have stayed in Antigua. Attorney’s defend clients.
      I would be asking how long ago did he actually hire this attorney – constitutional attorney. This attorney I guarantee you – he must have told his client – there is an extradition treaty between Antigua and India and none with Dominica. You have the potential of being sent back to India. Choki conveying this to his family and they knowing could arrange to have him go elsewhere – they have money to buy other passports.

      India does not have extradtion treaty with CUBA. so you can see he being a flight risk.
      I hope there is way for Antigua to cancel his passport this would make him an Indian citizen and Dominica send him back to India because of illegally entry.

      Bailing this man his family can acquire any other passport for him and he can give up his Antiguan citizenship and flee. The have money – Billionaires or millionaires in INIDIA.

      • Frank N Stein
        June 10, 2021

        Here you go again rambling :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Thank God you are anonymous cuz is laugh alone you making people laugh. Why you so afraid doh?

    • Gary
      June 9, 2021

      It is funny, everything you see always paints Dominica or The PM negatively. Why is it only Dominica you see Choksi filling a lawsuit against, why leave out Gaston Brown and India when you are asking them to explain to the world why Choksi ended up in Dominica. There is a reason why you write such silly comments, your partisan politics overshadows your reason. When you say, quote, “I won’t put up my speculations up here on this medium,” really, then what you did in the opening of your comment, wasn’t that speculation, when you suggest that you see lawsuits from Choksi involving Dominica coming soon.

      Look, no one is asking you to think like the persons you listed. At the end of the day, we are all Dominicans and concerned about our Country and the direction it’s heading. We may have different opinions, and should all be held accountable for them.
      Truth is what we are seeking. Do you think you can find the truth with tunnel vision making silly assumptions so long.

    • June 9, 2021

      @%, is it that what we think is a threat to you? What are you afraid of? Why won’t you boldly and openly speak what is on your mind, isn’t DNO your favorite comment site? Are afraid that we will be there to remind you that you are wrong again?

  14. Jonathan Y St Jean
    June 8, 2021

    I hope that the police are continuing to investigate why Choksi was bloodied and bruised when they found him. To do so they will have to investigate those who were on the boat which brought him to Dominca. It’s easy for them to find these folks for questioning and they should also be charged for illegal entry into Dominica as well as the physical abuse and violation of Choksi’s human rights. While we’re on the topic of the police, when is the chief going to release some information on the Caricom team which assisted the police in their investigation of the death of the man in their custody. The chief did say that he sought the Caricom team’s assistance for more transparency. What a criminal world we live in when those who are sworn to uphold the law are participating in committing crimes and to frustrate the thorough investigation and release of facts pertaining to these crimes. It must be that we’re in the last days. Come Lord Jesus, come.

    • Ibo France
      June 8, 2021

      Mr. St Jean, the ruling regime is super-secretive for a reason. They are super-corrupt. Any entity that operates in the sunshine is usually super-transparent as there’s nothing illicit nor untoward to hide. The opposite is equally true.

      Don’t expect mangoes from a pear tree. Likewise, don’t expect TRUTH and HONESTY from the discredited Dominica Police (Armed Bandits) Force. Expecting the DPF to be forthright with the public is the same as expecting SATAN to correct sin.

      • June 8, 2021

        Why would you want Skerrit and his Govt. to interfere with the court system in Dominica? That is for the judges to decide, not Skerrit. …….

        • RandyX
          June 9, 2021

          That’s the theory… the reality is s totally different one. If all you DLP supporters would only keep a bit of an open mind you would see what your idol has done to the courts, to the police force, to the treasury and to the media, whatever little there is in DA in the first place. Wake up, for Christ sakes.

    • June 8, 2021

      @Jonathan Y St. Jean, it seems you and your party are only concerned about the human rights of criminals. But again that is the MO of the UWP, from Skase, Rijock , Fontaine and now you are in full support of one Choksi fellow who is wanted by the Indian authorities for bank fraud…..den of theives.

  15. VereTere
    June 8, 2021

    What ever might be wrong with Choksi, I hope when this ordeal is over he will sue the CDPF and the government of Dominica headed by this rogue PM for all the money they have in an international court of justice. This entire nightmare stinks to high heaven and the USUAL suspect, as ever, are involved.

    • Gary
      June 8, 2021

      You know what, why didn’t Choksi hire you on his legal team, there is still a chance he might retain you to proceed with his lawsuit against the CDPF and The Government of Dominica headed by this rogue PM for all the money they have in an International Court of Justice, lol.

      • VereTere
        June 8, 2021

        He asked but I declined. However, he is in urgent need of a toilet cleaner and you sprung to mind immediately. Hasn’t he been in touch yet?

        • Gary
          June 9, 2021

          Lol, I’m not surprised by your reply to my comment, you have just exposed yourself, what a mind set, is this how you intend to understand the matter at hand.

          • VereTere
            June 9, 2021

            You asked a question and out of politeness I answered you. Now you try and make it my problem because the answer did not live up to your expectations. I just wish I would meet you or one of your political friends in the flesh. I assure you, none of you will ever attempt to broadcast your BS on here again. Trust!

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          • Gary
            June 10, 2021

            @VereTere Lol, so your strength is in the flesh, is this what you use as your strength in a dialogue, wow Here again you have shown such weakness. There Is something you need to know, the mind has more power than the flesh.

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    • landofmyparents
      June 8, 2021

      My God!!! You can not be a Dominican or living in Dominica to wish them such. The people and the country don’t need that hope from you my friend. I hope you are not serious. Love or hate the P.M.
      Peace and love to Dominica and the people

    • June 8, 2021

      It is mind boggling how UWP openly and brazenly support criminals. And who is going pay if Choksi sues. Certainly not Skeritt or Corbett, the tax payers will pay you so called patriot.

      • Frank N Stein
        June 10, 2021

        You openly and brazen support a criminal enterprise pretending to be a govt so whats your gripe?

  16. Shem
    June 8, 2021

    Papa so who paying his hospital bill I hope is not our tax money
    9 days he was badly beaten man..smh

    • June 8, 2021

      Same question am asking. Lawyers getting paid, so am hoping the hospital authorities will ensure that his hospital bill is paid before he leaves.

      • Ibo France
        June 8, 2021

        @Anon

        Of course the hospital will be fully compensated with taxpayers’ money. If the outlaw prime minister supposedly did not get intimately involved in the plot Choksi wouldn’t be in Dominica. Like decay attracts flies, this man allures miscreants and controversy and strife.

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