Mehul Choksi Who Ran-Away To Antigua, Surrenders Indian Passport

Mehul Choksi Who Ran-Away To Antigua,  Surrenders Indian Passport

Mehul Choksi was granted citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda in 2017 (file image) 

New Delhi: Mehul Choksi, the fugitive jeweller has given up his Indian citizenship and surrendered his passport to Antigua. It has been anticipated that the move was taken, in order to avoid extradition to India, where he is wanted by multiple agencies for loan fraud.

In Antigua, the fugitive jeweller submitted 177 dollars with his passport to the Indian High Commission. The foreign ministry had said that Mehul Choksi could not have dual citizenship.

In 2018, Mr Choksi was given the citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda and he took the oath of allegiance to that country on January 15 last year.  On January 29, the Central Bureau of Investigation filed a case and started investigating him and his nephew Nirav Modi.

Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi are accused of a Rs. 13,000 crore fraud involving fake guarantees in the name of state-run Punjab National Bank to secure loans abroad. They both skipped the country in January. Choksi left the country for medical treatment in the US.