Mehul Choksi sues Antigua and Barbuda govt amid extradition attempts by India

Absconding diamantaire Mehul Choksi has sued the Antigua and Barbuda government over the country's foreign ministry examining a plea by Indian authorities to extradite him. A letter dated November 7 from the office of Deputy Solicitor General to the Prime Minister's office indicates that the Minister Responsible for Citizenship and Minister Responsible for External Affairs of the Antigua and Barbuda government have been named in the lawsuit filed by Choksi.

The letter asks the named parties to be present in the court for hearing in the lawsuit, or send the Permanent Secretary within their ministries. The matter will be heard on the morning of November 14 at the High Court before Justice Rita Joseph Olivetti.

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India has been making continuous efforts to extradite Mehul Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi who are wanted in the Rs 14,000-crore scam at the Punjab National Bank. According to a statement by India's Ministry of External Affairs that came last month, the Antigua and Barbuda authorities are presently looking into extradition plea for Choksi submitted by Indian probe agencies.