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CBI writes to Antigua demanding Mehul Choksi’s details

New Delhi | The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has written to Antiguan authorities demanding details about whereabouts of fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi.

CBI in a letter sent to Antiguan authority on Tuesday evening also attached diffusion notice by Interpol against Choksi, seeking details of his movement and his present location.

Mehul Choksi, a fugitive diamantaire who is allegedly involved in over USD 2 billion scam in the state-run Punjab National Bank, is wanted by the investigating agencies. According to reports, Choksi has taken refuge in the Caribbean nation in July, and even taken a local passport.

India, do not have bilateral extradition or mutual assistance legal treaty with Antigua. However, India which is a member of the Financial Task Action Force reportedly might seek cooperation from the money-laundering watchdog. India might also seek assistance under the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate has also got a special court approval for initiating extradition proceedings against Choksi’s cousin Nirav Modi, after he was spotted in the United Kingdom.

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