Antiguan authorities gave citizenship to Indian Jeweller, Mehul Choksi after background checks and clearance certificate by Mumbai police and the External Affairs Ministry.
In a detailed statement by the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) said, “The said police clearance certificate from the government of India, Ministry of External Affairs Regional Passport Office, Mumbai certified that there was no adverse information against Mehul Chinnubhai Choksi which would render him ineligible for grant of travel facilities including visa for Antigua and Barbuda”. The statement was shared by Antiguan Observer newspaper in its website. The statement added that the details were made public” in an effort to provide clarity and address misinformation that has been circulating in the public domain”. The statement pointed that Choksi’s application was subjected to “stringent background checks” as is done with all applications submitted to the unit.
Giving details it was pointed out that the checks included open source internet checks, Thompson Reuters World Check, queries of various sanctions lists, engagement with regional and international intelligence agencies like Interpol as well as contracted third party due diligence providers. It was also pointed out that while checking it was found that SEBI had initiated investigations against him twice, but the cases according to India’s market regulator, had been closed.
“It was only after the results of all of these checks had been received and assessed that a final decision was taken on the application. In no instance was any derogatory information disclosed on the applicant”, the NIU report added.