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ED offers air ambulance to bring back Choksi

NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has offered to provide an air ambulance and a crew of clinical mavens to carry again fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi from Antigua and supply him with all vital treatment in India.

In a counter affidavit submitted before the top court docket, ED has termed as "a facade" an affidavit submitted previous this week by way of Choksi wherein he claimed that he's not able to return to India due to chronic well being issues.

"The medical reasons and conditions appear to be facades being erected merely to mislead the court in an obvious attempt to delay the lawful proceedings. We are ready to provide an expert medical team along with an AIR ambulance to bring him from Antigua to India under medical supervision," the ED mentioned in its counter affidavit.

The central agency further mentioned that Choksi hasn't ever cooperated in the investigation into the Rs 13,000 crore PNB rip-off.

Mehul Choksi tells Bombay HC he left India for clinical check-up, treatment

Diamantaire Mehul Choksi, a key accused in the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) rip-off, has instructed the Bombay top court docket that he left India for clinical check-up and not to steer clear of prosecution in the case. "I have not left the country under suspicious circumstances," he mentioned in an affidavit filed in the court docket.

The agency also informed that Choksi claims that his property worth Rs 6129 crore had been seized, it is wrong as a result of during probe ED has attached property worth Rs 2,100 crore property. The ED also maintained that the fugitive diamantaire used to be trying to promote all his property before fleeing from India.

"He (Mehul Choksi) never cooperated in the investigation. A non-bailable warrant was issued against him. A Red Notice was issued by the Interpol. He has refused to return, he is, therefore, a fugitive and an absconder," the ED mentioned.

The legislation enforcement agency in its rejoinder has mentioned that Choksi used to be given several opportunities to join the probe but he kept away from questioning.

This construction in the case got here after when on June 17, Choksi had submitted an affidavit in the Mumbai top court docket, declaring that he's living in Antigua and used to be prepared to co-operate in the investigation into Rs 13,000 crore PNB rip-off.

Showing his willingness to cooperate with the investigating businesses -- Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) -- he sought a direction to them to conduct the investigation in Antigua.

Choksi also mentioned that he'll trip to India as soon as he is medically fit to trip.

"I am ready to undergo any medical examination by an authority to prove the veracity of the claims made by me," he added.

He mentioned that the claim made by way of the ED that he's no longer becoming a member of the probe is wrong.

He further mentioned that he hasn't ever shied away from dealing with the legislation and answered to the summons by way of the ED and the CBI or every other investigating agency.

PNB rip-off: Nirav Modi's bail plea rejected again by way of London court docket

A London court docket on Wednesday rejected fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi's bail plea in connection with the multi-billion dollar Punjab National Bank (PNB) rip-off. This used to be Nirav's fourth attempt to seek bail.

Choksi and nephew Nirav Modi are key accused in the PNB fraud case. They fled the rustic a yr ago. The rip-off is estimated at $2 billion.

Choksi used to be granted citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda on January 15, 2018.

On March 22, Choksi had moved an application before the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court docket, declaring his lengthy history of middle ailment and a blood clot in the brain as the cause of no longer being able to appear before it.

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