Fugitive Mehul Choksi, who was denied bail by the Chief Magistrate in Dominica, has approached a high court now. According to a report, a high court judge in Dominica will hear a bail application this week.
A team of attorneys representing Choksi which includes Julien Prevost, Wayne Norde, Wayne Benjamin Marsh and Cara Shillingford-Marsh led by Queen’s Counsel (QC) Justin Simon in Antigua, filed the bail application in the high court on June 3, 2021, reported .
The hearing is on June 8, 2021.
Choksi has been in Dominica for over one week. He has not been pleaded guilty to illegal entry at the Magistrate court on June 2, 2021, following a High court order.
The 62-year-old diamond tycoon has citizenship in Antigua and Barbuda. Meanwhile, the mysterious appearance of Choksi in a remote beach in Dominica remains a mystery.
Meanwhile, Antigua and Barbuda prefers Choksi to be repatriated from Dominica to India directly. Clearly, the island sees Choksi as a liability and politically expendable in the given circumstances.
The matter came up in the Cabinet of the island country. The Cabinet minutes published by a media outlet reveal that the "Choksi matter" was one of the agenda items discussed during the meeting on Wednesday where it was held that the businessman is now a "problem" of Dominica and if he comes back to Antigua and Barbuda the "problem reverts" to it. ‘’The preference of the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda is for Choksi to be repatriated to India from Dominica," the Cabinet minutes said.