“Choksi …not involved in wrongdoing,” attorney

Antigua Observer:–   Dr. David Dorsett, the lawyer representing Indian fraud accused Mehul Choksi, insists that his client is maintaining his innocence despite the allegations against him as published in the Indian media.

“As Choksi said in a statement last week, there is no truth in the various allegations being made against him. It would appear that he is the unfortunate victim of political persecution.”

Dorsett added, “What has happened is that a state bank has failed for what appears to be the lack of internal controls in the bank. He was a customer of the bank and because of the failure of that large state enterprise it has been deemed convenient to stick the blame on a customer.”

Dorsett said that Choksi cannot be blamed since he was not involved in any wrongdoing.

The lawyer added that he is awaiting the outcome of a possible extradition request for his client by the Indian government.

The attorney-at law met with his client on Tuesday, a day after Prime Minister Gaston Browne held talks with High Commissioner of India V Mahalingam to discuss a possible resolution to the matter in which Choksi, an Indian national, who has acquired Antigua and Barbuda nationality through the Citizenship by Investment programme, is allegedly wanted in India for a billion-dollar fraud with the Punjab National Bank.

Dorsett said that based on reports in the Indian media, it would appear that the government of India is intent on requesting the extradition of Choksi and if this happens, he and his client will respond appropriately.

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