You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

"Impossible" to return to India; Mehul Choksi tells CBI

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

promoter Choksi, who is under the of investigating agencies following a complaint by the Punjab National Bank, has said it was impossible for him to return to and join the investigation due to the suspension of his and ill-health.

In a detailed e-mail reply to the CBI's notice seeking his appearance, said he was not in a position to travel as his has been suspended by the authorities and he was undergoing medical treatment.

"I want to assure your good office and good self that I am in no manner dictating the terms of my appearance. However, as my stands suspended by the Regional Office under Section 10(3)(c) of the Act, it is impossible for me to travel back to India," the 7-page letter said.

He said that on February 16, 2018, he had received an e-mail from the Office which stated that his has been suspended due to the reason 'Security Threat to India', however, the Regional Office, Mumbai, did not give him any explanation as to why his was suspended and as to how he was a security threat.

"I am also not in a position to travel due to my persisting health problem. I had a cardiac procedure which was conducted in the first week of February 2018 and there is still pending work to be done on the same. The entire procedure could not be completed on all veins due to danger to kidney and therefore I am not allowed to travel for at least a period of four to six months," he said.

The letter said he was being threatened by the individuals with whom he has business relationship and due to the seizure of his assets, his employees, customers and creditors have started to show animosity towards him.

"I am concerned about my health and well-being. In case I am arrested, then I would not be able to get and would be provided treatment only in a government hospital. I would be further denied treatment in a private hospital," he said.

also alleged that the issue was being "politicised" and the media was conducting a trial which was causing great prejudice to his fundamental rights.

"Various political parties in have been politicising the issue with a view to glorify their own interests. The entire reports being published in newspapers, various statements made by members of various political parties and the trial by media has therefore left me remediless and therefore a bias has been caused against me.

"The different portray as if I have already been convicted by the courts of They have caused great prejudice to my fundamental rights enshrined by the Constitution of Right to life and right to fair trail are quintessential fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution. The various reports and publications against me violate those rights," he said, adding that multiple probe agencies were after his life in a "gross abuse of process of law".

and and others are being investigated by the CBI and after the fraud recently came to light, following a complaint by the PNB that they had allegedly cheated the nationalised to the tune of Rs 12,000 crore, with the purported involvement of a few employees of the

The CBI and the have registered two FIRs each to probe the case. Both and Modi are said to have left the country before criminal cases were lodged against them. They have, however, denied any wrongdoing.

The ED, a central probe agency under the union finance ministry, is investigating if the allegedly funds were laundered and proceeds of crime were subsequently used by the accused to create illegal assets and black money.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 17:25 IST