Kriti Agrawal –
In its affidavit to the Dominica High Court, Indian authorities stated that fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi is an Indian citizen whose application for renunciation of citizenship was denied, and that he is incorrectly claiming renunciation of citizenship under the Citizenship Act, 1955.
According to the affidavit, Choksi’s claims of renunciation of Indian citizenship are bogus, and Choksi’s Indian citizenship has not yet terminated, and his claim of renunciation of Indian citizenship is contradictory to the laws of India as is utterly erroneous.
Affidavit submits that, India has already raised the matter of the cancellation of Mehul Choksi’s citizenship, which was awarded by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda on the basis that Choksi got citizenship falsely.
A consular officer of India’s High Commission in the Commonwealth of Dominica filed the affidavit.
Choksi is wanted by Indian law enforcement agents, according to the report, for an inquiry into a crime he committed in India.
Affidavit states,“Mehul Choksi is an Indian citizen who applied to renounce his Indian citizenship but was denied. He is incorrectly claiming that he has renounced his Indian citizenship under the Citizenship Act of 1955.”
The CBI, which is investigating Choksi in the PNB bank fraud case, submitted an affidavit the Dominica High Court opposing his bail application, claiming that he is and remains an international fugitive who continues to elude law enforcement in India.
According to the complaint, Choksi was the brain behind a succession of businesses, and he and others worked with bank executives to illegally raise credit by circumventing regulations. Interpol has issued a red notice on Choksi in response to the Indian government’s allegation, the CBI told the Dominica Court.
His bail application was denied by the Dominica High Court.