ED hoisted ‘false’ charges, claims fugitive Choksi; no plans to return
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ED hoisted ‘false’ charges, claims fugitive Choksi; no plans to return

Elusive diamantaire Mehul Choksi, wanted in the Rs 13,600-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam,has claimed in a video from Antigua where he is in hiding, that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had raised false and baseless charges against him.

Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi had cheated Punjab National Bank with the connivance of a few officials and the matter was being probed by the the CBI and the ED.

In an interview to news agency ANI through his lawyer, Choksi said the charges that had been levelled were false. The ED “attached my properties illegally without there being any basis of same”.

About his revoked passport, Choksi said it was suspended "due to reasons of security threat to India".

“I did not receive any reply from the passport office. Further, the Regional Passport Office did not give any reason as to how I was a security threat to India," he added.

Choksi took Antigua and Barbuda citizenship during the start of the year. The Indian Government is said to be making efforts for his extradition. But, Choksi claimed he did not want to return because of “current political climate and health issues”.