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New pic shows Mehul Choksi in Dominica police custody Mehul Choksi
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New pic shows Mehul Choksi in Dominica police custody

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 30 May 2021, 01:03 am

New Delhi/IBNS: Fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi was seen in police custody in Dominica on Saturday by the local media who obtained his photograph soon after a court in the Caribbean island nation extended the order restraining his deportation till Wednesday.

The court also ordered that the 62-year-old businessman be given medical attention in a hospital and a Covid-19 test be conducted on him.

The court will hear on Wednesday a habeas corpus petition filed by Choksi to decide if his detention is lawful as he entered the country illegally.

This, however, mars New Delhi's attempts to deport Choksi to try him in Indian courts for his involvement in a slew of fraud cases.

Choksi had gone missing from Carribean nation Antigua on Sunday and was caught in Dominica after a massive manhunt.

Choksi was born in India but escaped to Antigua after defrauding Punjab National Bank of about Rs 14,000 crore along with his nephew Nirav Modi and others.

After his escape, Antigua's Prime Minister Gaston Browne had told news agency ANI that Choksi would not be taken back and he is in talks with Dominican and well as Indian governments for his repatriation.