PNB Fraud: Mehul Choksi tells CBI, Passport revoked, probe biased so can’t come back to India


New Delhi: In a fresh seven-page letter to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Mehul Choksi, one of the accused in the Rs12,600 crore Punjab National Bank fraud, on Thursday said he would not return to India as his passport has been revoked, his family and he face a threat in the country, and the investigations underway are unfair.

The “issue”, the diamond merchant said, has been politicised by parties “with a view of glorifying their own interests”.

Nirav Modi’s maternal uncle also claimed he was not in a position to travel because of a persisting health problem. “I had a cardiac procedure in the first week of February 2018, and there is still work pending on the same. The entire procedure could not be completed on all veins due to the danger to the kidney, and therefore I am not allowed to travel for at least a period of four to six months,” Choksi said in the letter.

The Gitanjali group owner expressed concern about not getting proper healthcare if he returns to India and is arrested. “I would not be able to get proper healthcare, and would be provided treatment in a government hospital. I would be denied treatment in a private hospital.”



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