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PNB fraud: Interpol issues Red Corner Notice against fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi

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New Delhi | Updated: December 13, 2018 12:13:23 PM

The Interpol has issued a Red Corner Notice against fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi on the request of the Central Bureau of Investigation which is probing the PNB fraud also involving Nirav Modi.

Mehul ChoksiPNB fraud: Interpol issues Red Corner Notice against fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi

The Interpol has issued a Red Corner Notice against fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi on the request of the Central Bureau of Investigation which is probing the PNB fraud also involving Nirav Modi. A Red Corner Notice is issued and circulated internationally to locate and provisionally arrest someone in view of pending extradition.

“The Interpol has issued a Red Corner Notice against Mehul Choksi on the request of CBI,” CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said.

Choksi along with his nephew Modi are alleged to have carried out fraudulent transactions to the tune of around Rs 13,000 crore. He was the owner of Gitanjali Group. Choksi escaped in the first week of January this year after he and his companies cheated the bank of Rs 7,000 crore.

He has now taken citizenship of Antigua.

Choksi, however, has alleged that the cases against him were a result of political conspiracy. He also raised questions on issues such as jail conditions in India, his personal safety and health.

Earlier in September, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had sent a reminder to Interpol seeking a red corner notice against Mehul Choksi. According to the ED, a detailed request for issuance of the arrest warrant against Choksi by the global police body was sent in June. Soon after this, the ED had filed a charge sheet against him in a Mumbai court.

The CBI, in its charge-sheets last month, alleged Choksi swindled Rs 7,080.86 crore, making it the country’s biggest banking scam at over Rs 13,000 crore. Nirav Modi allegedly siphoned Rs 6,000 crore. An additional loan default of over Rs 5,000 crore to Choksi’s companies is also a matter of probe under the CBI, according to a PTI report.

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