“UK lawyers were paid taxpayer’s money to defend Mehul Choksi”

A lawyers’ association in Antigua has said that they will seek a probe against the law firm to take money raised through illegal means.

Stay on Mehul's repatriation and will be under medical attention till 2nd June-Justice M E Birnie Stephenson
Stay on Mehul's repatriation and will be under medical attention till 2nd June-Justice M E Birnie Stephenson

Antigua/Dominica: Following the arrest of Indian fugitive Mehul Choksi, the situation is still critical as India is pushing forward to seek Choksi’s extradition, and the lawyers’ team is defending to extradite him back to Antigua, where he enjoys citizen rights.

Backing a solid defence, the UK lawyers are set to reach Dominica for the next court hearing on June 2, 2021. Called the big fish in the industry, the law firm is charging a hefty amount of money to secure safe passage for Choksi into Antigua from Dominica.

There are talks in the country about who is paying for the lawyers and their trip to Dominica in a special private jet? And what are the means of the funds being used to pay the hefty fees to the lawyers?

This is quite obvious that the family of Mehul Choksi might be the one paying huge amounts of money to the law firms in defence against extradition to India. The money which Mehul Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi allegedly embezzled from state-owned Punjab National Bank in India.

The fraud amounted to more than US $2 billion of taxpayer money, which is currently being utilised to save an international fugitive facing trial in Dominica.

Notably, it is illegal for any law firm to accept unaccounted or defrauded money in exchange for legal services. Indians are asking UK firm to declare the mode of payment they received to provide legal assistance to Mehul Choksi in Dominica.

According to information, it is said that a team consisting 4 senior lawyers from the UK will reach Dominica on June 1, 2021, to defend their client in a hearing on June 2, 2021. A lawyers’ association in Antigua has said that they will seek a probe against the law firm to take money raised through illegal means. It added that “UK lawyers were paid taxpayer’s money to defend Mehul Choksi.”