Roseau, Dominica: Indian fugitive Mehul Choksi now hints at another conspiracy by renting a house in the Commonwealth of Dominica to back his bail plea in the High Court of Justice.
According to information, it was reported that Mehul Choksi rented a three-bedroom house in Checkhall, Dominica and got into an agreement with the landlord Clifton Shillingford.
He also agreed to pay an EC $6,000 rent for each month and an additional security deposit of EC $6,000. The rent agreement shows two tenants, Mehul C. Choksi and his cousin brother Chetan C. Choksi.
Choksi agreed on paying EC $24,000 as advance payment of three months rent while signing the agreement. The place has been rented for an initial period of three months, starting from July 1, 2021, and ending on September 30, 2021.
Sources revealed that Mehul Choksi rented a house to assure the court that he will remain in Dominica until he is acquitted from the case; but in contrast to that, it is suspected that he already arranged a boat, and an Antiguan man has already arrived in Dominica to provide Choksi a passage to an unknown place where he could escape once again for the third time.
It is suspected that a man named ‘Hani Salloum’, a Syria born Antiguan citizen, arrived in Dominica and met Mehul Choksi’s brother Chetan Choksi. Sources told that Salloum has made an arrangement of a boat to take Choksi away to an unknown destination, which is purportedly going to take Choksi from Dominica to an unidentified place.
Sources told that Hani Salloum owns a transportation business in Antigua and Barbuda, in which he provides transportation and handling of logistics. It appears that Shalloum is the right man of the person who was spotted walking with Mehul Choksi days before he went missing; Shalloum had been residing in Antigua and Barbuda for many years.
While the court has rejected Choksi’s plea for a private doctor, his lawyers continue to say he cannot appear in court due to his medical conditions. This is not the first time his lawyers are saving him from the law by reciting medical issues; even in 2017, when Mehul Choksi fled from India, his lawyers continued presenting medical certificates into the court, claiming poor health conditions and swiftly he made an escape from India, evading Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) inquiries.
If Mehul Choksi succeeds in leaving Dominica, it will be his third escape from the criminal charges presented against him. In 2017, Choksi fled from India to Antigua; in May 2021, he escaped from Antigua to Dominica during May of 2021, and now he plans to escape Dominica. The honourable court has already cited that there is no jurisdiction that Mehul Choksi could be restrained from leaving Dominica.
It is believed that the rental agreement is a dummy agreement to just get him bailed out of Dominica. The plan is to leave Dominica, as once he escapes Dominica, there wouldn’t be any possibility of any action to bring him into the country because of the lack of gravity of the crime he committed by entering unlawfully.
Mehul Choksi’s lawyers are again working tirelessly to make the court believe that he is actually going to reside in the house, while another escape saga will begin shortly after he gets a bail.
The Dominican court has rejected the bail applications of Mehul Choksi because of a red corner notice issued on his name by Interpol.
Mehul Choksi is an Indian origin diamantaire who had been a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda since 2017. He is also accused of a USD $2 billion fraud. Choksi is a wanted criminal by the Crime Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Directorate of Enforcement (ED) and several other investigative agencies based in India.
On May 23, 2021, Mehul Choksi mysteriously found missing from Antigua and Barbuda; it is believed that he left the country in a possible escape from extradition. However, even though all instances prove that he had left willingly, his lawyers are spreading the narrative that Choksi was abducted. The false narratives are being developed to affect the court’s judgment and again delay the extradition.