Fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi, accused the Indian agencies of executing a “brazen kidnapping” after returning to Antigua from Dominica on bail.
Fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi released an explosive audio tape accusing Indian agencies of executing a “brazen kidnapping” a day after returning to Antigua from Dominica.
In the audio, the on-the-run diamantaire has claimed the alleged kidnapping has left ‘permanent scars on his soul.’
“I am back home. But this torture has left permanent scars on me psychologically and physically,” Mehul Choksi said in the audio clip.
Choksi, was arrested by Dominican authorities for allegedly entering the country illegally after going missing from Antigua on May 25. However, Mehul Choksi has throughout maintained that he was kidnapped, tortured and forcefully taken to Dominica.
“I could have never imagined that after closing all my businesses and seizing all my properties, a kidnapping attempt would be made on me by the Indian agencies. I was always hearing about it but I never believed that they could go to this extent when I am legally contesting and exercising my legal rights here in Antigua,” Mehul Choksi further said.
The Dominica High Court granted Mehul Choksi bail on medical grounds and allowed his travel to Antigua after spending almost 50 days in Dominica.
Mehul Choksi denounced allegations of non-cooperation saying that he was “always available” for questioning with the Indian agencies.
“I have many times spoken that due to my health I am not being able to travel. Please visit here if you want, if you want to interrogate me, or by Zoom or anything – I am always available. But this inhuman and brazen kidnapping was never expected by me,” he said.
However, Mehul Choksi claimed he was “seriously” contemplating returning to India to “prove his innocence”, but now he has doubts about his safety in India after the recent events.
“Though till now I have been seriously considering to return to prove my innocence in India, my medical condition is very bad and it has worsened like anything in the last over 50 days of my kidnapping. I am extremely apprehensive of my safety in India. This was so inhuman and I don’t know whether I will be able to come back in a normal mental or physical condition,” he said.
Mehul Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi are accused in the multi-crore Punjab National Bank fraud case. They are wanted for allegedly siphoning Rs 13,500 crore of public money from the state-run Punjab National Bank using letters of undertaking.