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    Dominica court extends stay on Mehul Choksi’s deportation to India till June 2

    Dominica court extends stay on Mehul Choksi’s deportation to India till June 2

    Dominica court extends stay on Mehul Choksi’s deportation to India till June 2
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    Mehul Choksi was captured on May 26 in Dominica after he went missing from neighbouring Antigua and Barbuda, of which he is a citizen, following an Interpol Yellow Notice issued against him.

    After taking note of submissions made in a habeas corpus petition by PNB scam accused Mehul Choksi, the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court on Friday restrained the Dominican authorities from deporting the fugitive diamantaire from the Commonwealth of Dominica, until the next hearing, which is scheduled on June 2, ANI reported.

    Mehul Choksi was captured on May 26 in Dominica after he went missing from neighbouring Antigua and Barbuda, of which he is a citizen, following an Interpol Yellow Notice issued against him.

    The legal team of the fugitive businessman had filed the habeas corpus petition in the ECSC in Dominica on May 27 highlighting his deprivation of access to legal assistance there.

    Advocate Vijay Aggarwal, Choksi's lawyer in India, confirmed the Dominican legal team highlighted his deprivation of the constitutional right for legal assistance, according to ANI.

    Taking note of this, Justice ME Birnie Stephenson put an injunction restraining the respondents from removing the applicant from Dominica while directing the authorities to file their affidavits in response to Choksi’s application.

    Habeas corpus is a writ petition which mandates the government authorities to produce a person before the court who goes missing or suspected to be illegally captured by the authorities.

    The court also allowed Choksi to meet his legal counsel and visit a hospital for medical attention, besides undergoing a COVID-19 test.

    Besides, it restricted media reporting in the matter. "There shall be no publication or discussion or notification of the press regarding this matter without leave or permission of the court," the court's orders stated, the ANI report mentioned.

    Earlier Choksi's lawyer also claimed that there were "marks of torture" on his body. Aggarwal alleged that Choksi was forcefully picked from Antigua and taken to Dominica.

    After Choksi was caught, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne, in an exclusive interview to ANI on May 27, had said the fugitive diamantaire would be repatriated to India and that the Indian authorities were in touch with their Dominican counterparts.

    Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi are wanted in India for allegedly siphoning off Rs 13,500 crore of public money from the state-run PNB using letters of undertaking.

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