Mumbai: Absconding diamond trader Mehul Choksi, a prime accused in the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam, Tuesday cited “health issues” to seek dismissal of the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) plea to declare him a “fugitive economic offender”. In one of the 10 applications filed by Choksi Tuesday before the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court of judge M S Azmi, the diamond trader stated that he cannot take a “41-hour” flight to come to India due to a “brain clot” and other medical conditions.
He has filed the applications through his lawyer Sanjay Abbot.Choksi’s prime argument was to seek cancellation of the ED’s complaint against him under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act on “health grounds”. The court Tuesday directed the ED to file its reply on Choksi’s pleas and adjourned the matter till November 17. Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi are wanted by the ED and the CBI for allegedly defrauding the PNB to the tune of Rs 13,400 crore apparently in collusion with few of its employees.