Mumbai: Mehul Choksi, the co accused in Punjab National Bank scam and the uncle of fugitive diamond merchant, Nirav Modi, submitted an affidavit in High Court through his lawyers. He stated that he is willing to co-operate with the investigation of the Enforcement Directorate and CBI. Choksi, who left India along with Nirav Modi is currently living in West Indies island nation of Antigua and Barbuda.
In the affidavit, Choksi claims, “I am willing to join the investigation and subject myself to interrogation in Antigua. I am also willing to appear before the special court and investigating officer through video conferencing. ”
He also says that he will come back to India as soon as he is medically fit to travel. The fugitive said that he will undergo any medical examination to prove that he is not medically fit to travel.
Mehul Choksi blames his medical condition for leaving the country and has also listed his ailments.
Choksi and his nephew, Nirav Modi, fled the country last year to escape the government’s investigation into the $2 billion Punjab National Bank scam. While Choksi went to Antigua and Barbuda, Nirav Modi went to the United Kingdom. Choksi has been granted the citizenship of the island nation on 15 January, 2018.
The investigation agency has been tirelessly following Nirav Modi and he is now behind bars in London. His extradition process has been initiated. Choksi fears that he too might face his nephew’s fate especially after Modi stormed into power with a huge mandate.
The Modi government has gained an image of being tough on financial fraudsters. Laws are being made to punish those individuals and companies of following corrupt practices.