India asks Antigua to detain Choksi

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New Delhi, July 30 : India has asked Antigua and Barbuda to detain Mehul Choksi, an accused in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case, and to prevent him from leaving the country.

Informed sources here said on Monday that the External Affairs Ministry had asked the Antigua and Barbuda government to confirm Choksi’s presence in their territory.

“Our High Commissioner is meeting the relevant authorities in the Antigua and Barbuda government today (Monday),” a source said.

“We continue to liaise with government agencies here and the government of Antigua and Barbuda.”

Choksi, wanted in the Rs 13,500-crore PNB case along with nephew and diamond trader Nirav Modi, has admitted to taking Antigua citizenship last year.