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Mehul Choksi Alleges Kidnapping by India, Says Left With Permanent Scars

Photos of Mehul Choksi with injury marks on his eye and hands.

Photos of Mehul Choksi with injury marks on his eye and hands.

While seeking bail, Choksi had attached his medical reports, including CT scan, which showed “mildly worsening hematoma."

Fugitive economic offender Mehul Choksi on Thursday, via an audio clip, alleged kidnapping by Indian agencies and said that he was “permanently scarred".

“I’m back home but this torture has left permanent scars on my psychology and physically rather than permanent scars on my soul. I couldn’t imagine after closing all my business and seizing all my properties, kidnapping attempt would be made on me by Indian agencies," he said in an audio clip.

Meanwhile, the Antigua and Barbuda government on Thursday announced the Royal Police Force of the island will continue the investigation of Choksi claims of kidnapping. Choksi, 62, had landed in Antigua in the morning after he was given bail by Dominica High Court for seeking medical help from a neurologist based there.

After depositing bail money of EC Dollars 10,000, Choksi in a shirt and shorts flew back to Antigua in a chartered plane, Antigua News Room reported. Choksi returned to Antigua and Barbuda after 51 days of custody in neighbouring Dominica for illegal entry.

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While seeking bail, Choksi had attached his medical reports, including CT scan, which showed “mildly worsening hematoma."

“My client Mehul Choksi has returned to his home in Antigua safely. He faced no issues while entering back in Antigua. He is receiving medical treatment and his family is feeling relieved however torture during kidnapping has caused a lot of psychological and physical harm. All well that ends well. After tasting success in Dominica, now the legal team is gearing up for a long drawn fight in Antigua,” Choksi’s lawyer Vijay Aggarwal said.

Choksi, wanted in a Rs 13,500 crore bank fraud case in India, has gon missing on May 23 from Antigua and Barbuda where he has been staying since 2018 as a citizen. He was detained in neighbouring island country of Dominica for illegal entry after a possible romantic escapade with his rumoured girlfriend. His lawyers alleged that he was abducted from Jolly Harbour in Antigua on May 23 by policemen looking like Antiguan and Indian and brought to Dominica on a boat.

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first published:July 16, 2021, 12:18 IST