Diamond merchant Mehul Choksi on Sunday said that he is being made a ‘soft target’ and that he is a victim of political persecution, Hindustan Times reported.
Fugitives Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi have been accused in the Rs 14,000 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case and are wanted by the Indian government.
“I am being considered as a soft or easy target because the Indian government is finding it impossible to get other wanted persons extradited from countries such as the UK… There were complacencies in the bank operations, systems, procedures guidelines, etc, as many bank officials have been charged for not doing their job according to the banking norms and policies. The bank is squarely liable for the lapses. However, I have been made a scapegoat,” Choksi said in an interview to HT that was conducted over the phone and through written responses in an interaction that was facilitated by his legal team.
Choksi, a citizen of the Caribbean island country Antigua and Barbuda, said that he is confident that his new country would protect him, the report said.