PNB Fraud: Mehul Choksi Responds to CBI, Says Cannot Travel Due to ‘Persisting Health Problem’

Mumbai, Mar 8: Diamond czar Nirav Modi’s partner Mehul Choksi has said that he is not in a position to travel due to “health condition”. In his response to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the alleged Punjab National Bak (PNB) fraud, Choksi has said that he does not know why his passport has been suspended and has also claimed that he is being subjected to media trial. (Non-bailable warrant against Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi)

“I wish to point out that the RPO Mumbai has not given me any explanation as to why my Passport has been suspended and as to how I am a security threat to India,” Choksi has said. He added that the suspension of his passport is the violation of his Constitutional rights.

Citing health reasons, Choksi said, “I am also not in a position to travel due to my persisting health problem. I had a cardiac procedure which was conducted in the first week of February 2018 and there is still pending work to be done on the same.”

He added that he is worried about his health. “If I am arrested, I won’t get proper healthcare as I will receive treatment at government hospital,” Choksi said in his letter to CBI.

Choksi has also said that the allegations against him are being exaggerated and that his family is also being troubled.

Earlier this week, a special court judge in Mumbai issued a non-bailable warrant against Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi in connection with the Rs 11,400 crore PNB Fraud.

On February 28, the CBI arrested an Internal Chief Auditor of the Punjab National Bank (PNB). The arrested Auditor, MK Sharma, was allegedly responsible for auditing the systems and practices of the PNB in Brady House Branch.

Earlier, the CBI had arrested five PNB officials in the case, including a General Manager (GM) rank officer of the PNB and Gokulnath Shetty, former deputy manager of PNB. Apart from these arrests, India’s premier investigation agency has also arrested officials of Nirav Modi’ and Choksi’s companies.

On February 20, the CBI arrested five high profile accused: Vipul Ambani, president, finance, Firestar International Pvt Ltd.; Kavita Mankikar, executive assistant and authorised signatory of the three accused firms, Arjun Patil, senior executive, Firestar group; Kapil Khandelwal, CFO, Nakshatra group; and Niten Shahi, manager, Gitanjali.


On February 28, Nirav Modi refused to join the CBI probe in connection with multi-crore PNB fraud case.

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