Amid the many controversies over fugitive Mehul Choksi’s Antigua citizenship, the Antigua government had claimed that the government of India had given a clean chit to the diamond businessman Choksi, only after which, the citizenship was granted to him.
The Antigua government has said that they were not given any information which is against giving visa or citizenship to absconding Choksi. No person or institution in India had lodged any objection against him. Antigua claimed it was told by the Indian agencies that there was no adverse information against Choksi when it did a background check before granting him citizenship in 2017. The Antigua government has also said that any valid request for extradition will be respected.
The Antiguan authorities conducted a thorough check on Choksi from open source global agencies, including the Interpol, that there was “no instance” of any derogatory information against him.
Choksi had applied for Antiguan citizenship in November 2017 and took the oath of citizenship on January 15, 2018. He had left India on January 7. His companies had approached Punjab National Bank (PNB) for fresh letters of undertaking (LoUs) to be issued on January 16. When PNB found that earlier LoUs had been fraudulently issued and the companies had massive outstanding loans, it approached the CBI.