Interpol removed red corner notice from fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi from India. This was informed by Interpol on Monday. Also, Interpol claims that Mehul’s claim that he was abducted from Antigua has also been found credible. In December 2018, Mehul was put under ‘Red Corner Notice’. The removal of the red corner notice from Mehul’s name means that Mehul can now leave Antigua with ease.
The Indian government’s decision to remove Mehul’s name from Interpol’s wanted list was strongly opposed. But Interpol did not accept that contention. Interpol’s decision is seen as a blow to central investigative agencies like CBI and ED.
“Mehul is believed to have been flown from Antigua to Dominica with the intention of taking him to India,” Interpol said. He may not get fair trial or treatment if he returns to India.”
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In 2021, Mehul alleged that on May 23 of that year, Indian intelligence agents abducted him from Antigua and took him to Dominica. There he was subjected to mental and physical torture. Mehul had approached Interpol last year demanding an inquiry into his ‘kidnapping’ from Antigua and lifting of the red corner notice.
“We (India) have strongly opposed the Interpol charge and said that if his (Mehul’s) red corner notice is removed, he can flee Antigua,” said an official who did not want to be named in the media. As a result, it will be difficult to bring him back to India. Apart from this, he is on the list of wanted criminals in several cases.”
Diamond businessman Mehul is accused of Rs 13,000 crore Punjab National Bank corruption. As soon as his exploits became public, he fled the country. He is currently a citizen of Antigua.