BY- DEEPTI YADAV
A Dominican court on Monday granted interim bail to fugitive offender Mehul Choksi on medical grounds and allowed him to travel to Antigua and Barbuda, where he is a citizen.
However, Mehul Choksi will have to return to Dominica where he is facing an illegal entry case, as soon as he is fit to travel.
The court has asked Choksi to deposit Eastern Caribbean dollars 10,000 as surety for the bail. His legal team approached the Dominica high court last week seeking relief on the ground that his health was worsening and he needed urgent medical help. Then the doctors recommended an urgent review of his medical condition by a neurologist.
“Dominica courts finally upheld the rule of law and rights of a human to be treated in the medical facilities of his choice. And all attempts by various agencies did not bear fruits. There is solace in saying that all clever foxes end up as fur coats,” Choksi’s lawyer Vijay Aggarwal told Hindustan times on Monday.
The high judge said Mehul Choksi will only return to Dominica when a doctor certifies that he is medically fit to stand trial, the news website reported.
Choksi has sought a judicial review of charges of illegal entry into Dominica brought upon him by the local police and the decision of the government there to declare him an illegal immigrant.
The matter has now been deferred till January 26, 2022.
His trial for illegal entry before a magistrate has also stayed accordingly.
The high court order has come as a major setback for authority efforts to bring back Choksi to India, wanted in Rs 13,500 crore scam in Punjab National Bank, from Dominica where he was held for illegal entry after his disappearance from Antigua and Barbuda.
His legal team has alleged that he was abducted from Antigua and Barbuda in an elaborate plot created by men of Indian origin and a mystery woman, named Barbara Jabarica, who had befriended him during the last six months.