February 28, 2021 | 12:22 PM IST
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Sharing a video, Mehul Choksi claims ED’s false allegations against him

Fugitive businessman and PNB fraud accused Mehul Choksi on Tuesday shared a video from Antigua claiming that all allegations against him are false and baseless. In a video interview with news agency ANI, Choksi came on camera for the first time from Antigua since he was accused in a bank fraud case. He is living in Antigua amid efforts by India to bring him back.
"The Enforcement Directorate (ND) has attached my properties illegally without any basis," Choksi said while speaking to ANI. He claimed that the Ministry of External Affairs has suspended his passport without any reliable explanation or satisfactory reason.
"On February 16, I received an e-mail from passport office which said my passport has been suspended due to reasons of security threat to India," he said. He then send an e-mail to regional passport authorities on February 20 requesting them to revoke the suspension of his passport, to which the authorities didn’t replied or clarified how he was a security threat to India, according to his statement in a video interview. Adding further to the statement, Choksi said, “ED has attached my property illegally without there being any basis of the same.” Choksi is a wanted in India for Punjab National Bank fraud of Rs.13000 crore. He is alleged for cheating the state-run PNB through fraudulent issuance of Letters of Undertaking and Foreign Letters of Credit Card worth over $2 billion. Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi both have been absconding since January.

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