Mehul Choksi had laid groundwork for his escape to Antigua much before PNB scam surfaced

NEW DELHI: The CBI has approached authorities in Antigua for details on the whereabouts of fugitive Mehul Choksi after the authorities there claimed that the fugitive businessman had got the country’s citizenship in November 2017.
Choksi also swore allegiance to Antigua and Barbuda, a requirement under its citizenship law, on January 15 this year. This was much before the investigation agencies started probe into the Rs 13,578 crore fraud. This shows that Choksi had planned his escape and stay in Antigua + , much before the Indian government acted on the fraud.
In a communication sent on Tuesday evening, the CBI has asked Antiguan authorities to provide details of his movement, landing and present location, said sources. Although there is no extradition treaty between India and the Caribbean nation, the CBI can request the country to send him back as he is facing serious criminal charges and Antigua and Barbuda was party of United Nations Convention on Corruption (UNCAC), which empowers any member country to send a fugitive in the absence of a treaty. Choksi had taken the citizenship of Antigua in November 2017 and oath of allegiance on January 15 this year, according to a local newspaper Antigua Observer.
Quoting TOI’s Wednesday report, Antigua Observer reportedly sent a query to the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) of Antiguan government.