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Antigua examining India’s request to extradite Choksi: MEA

 NEW DELHI, Aug 9 - India today said Antigua and Barbuda is considering its request to extradite Mehul Choksi, who is wanted in connection with India’s biggest banking fraud and currently living in the Caribbean nation.

An India team led by a senior official from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on August 3 handed over a request to Antigua for extradition of Choksi who obtained citizenship of the island nation.

“We have been told that they (Antiguan authorities) are examining the (extradition) request,” MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, responding to a volley of questions on the issue during a media briefing.

He said it will be premature to talk about what would be the response of the Antiaguan authorities on India’s request.

India is trying to bring back Choksi from Antigua under the provision of a law of the island nation which provides for extradition of a fugitive to a designated Commonwealth country. He faces various charges in India in connection with the USD 2 billion Punjab National bank scam.

Kumar said as per the provisions of the Extradition Act, 1993 of Antigua and Barbuda, a fugitive may be extradited to a designated Commonwealth Country or a State with which there are general or special arrangement or a bilateral treaty. – PTI

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