Mehul Choksi Denied Bail Over Illegal Entry In Dominica


New Delhi: A Magistrate court in Dominica on Wednesday rejected bail application of Mehul Choksi and adjourned the matter to June 14.

During the hearing at the Roseau Magistrate court, State Attorney Sherma Dalrymple argued against granting him bail citing that he is a “flight risk”.

Elaborating further, she stated that the PNB scam accused has an Interpol Red Notice issued against him and pending court proceedings pertaining to extradition in Antigua and Barbuda.

Choksi has claimed that he was abducted from neighbouring Antigua and Barbuda and forcefully brought to Dominica.

During the hearing, the Dominican Public Prosecution Service told the high court that the petition filed by the diamantaire was not maintainable as he had illegally entered the country and was subsequently detained.

The prosecution urged the court to reject the habeas corpus plea.

Following this, Judge Bernie adjourned the hearing in the petition till Thursday.

The judge asked authorities to share court documents with Choksi, who is admitted at the Dominica-China Friendship Hospital.

Choksi had gone missing for some days in Antigua and Barbuda and was traced and arrested in Dominica on May 26. He had been staying in Antigua and Barbuda since January 2018 after fleeing India.

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