Mehul Choksi entangling himself in legal cases to delay his extradition to India: Reports

Mehul Choksi entangling himself in legal cases to delay his extradition to India: Reports

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In a bid to evade extradition and return to India to face charges of financial impropriety, fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi has been strategically entangling himself in a web of legal cases locally in Antigua and Barbuda.

As per the information, he is doing this intentionally to intensify the complexity of his extradition proceedings.

Choksi’s recent efforts include his deliberate involvement in a series of cases filed against the Government of Antigua and Barbuda as well as against local authorities. Reports suggest these are just his desperate attempt to delay his extradition.

Mehul Choksi’s elaborate efforts to avoid extradition extend to his strategic plans to remain in Antigua and Barbuda, a Caribbean nation where he has managed to maintain an intricate legal entanglement.

It is alleged that Choksi’s financial resources, amassed through the fraudulent schemes, have been employed to keep him embroiled in various legal proceedings within the country.

By intricately interweaving himself into multiple cases, Choksi aims to create a narrative that portrays his removal from Antigua and Barbuda as an unjust disruption to ongoing legal processes currently ongoing in the Caribbean.

Reportedly, this calculated effort is aimed at evading his return to India, where he faces charges related to a staggering USD 2 billion fraud. As per reports, the web of cases he has spun in the Caribbean is seen as an attempt to mislead the justice system and buy time in an effort to escape accountability for his wrongdoings back home in India.

Some individuals believe that Choksi’s manipulation of the legal system in Antigua and Barbuda has not only raised concerns about his own tactics but has also had a broader impact on the nation’s resources and its citizens.

As per reports, with a trail of false cases filed seemingly to prolong his stay and legal battles within the country, Mehul Choksi is effectively draining public funds and valuable resources. These resources, which could have been utilized for the betterment of the local community, are instead being diverted towards protracted legal proceedings that serve his motives.

Notably, since getting Antiguan citizenship in 2017, Choksi’s contributions to the nation’s economic development have been absent.

Despite having the means to do so, Mehul Choksi has failed to bring any substantial investments or create employment opportunities for locals. This lack of productive engagement has led to growing frustration among the citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, who expected their nation to benefit from the presence of individuals like Choksi who got citizenship through the “economic citizenship programme”.

Attorney General of Antigua and Barbuda Steadroy O. Benjamin and Commissioner of Police Atlee Patrick Rodney presented a report in front of the court a few months ago stating there is no evidence to prove that “Mehul Choksi” was illegally removed from Antigua and Barbuda in May 2021. Following that, Mehul Choksi alleged that the authorities were not making enough efforts to prove his story right.

The jeweller, who is wanted in connection with a multi-billion-dollar banking scandal, is leaving no stone unturned in his efforts to stall the extradition process.

Choksi’s determination to escape justice has led him to resort to extreme measures, including alleged attempts to influence the legal proceedings by reportedly bribing officials. These alleged actions highlight the extent to which Choksi is willing to go to ensure his evasion of the law.

His relentless pursuit of avoiding accountability in the face of serious charges related to financial fraud is casting a spotlight on the challenges involved in bringing high-profile individuals to justice. This shows the difficulties involved especially when such individuals employ dubious methods to escape from the legal justice system.