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INTERPOL Examines Request for RCN Against Choksi

Monday 10th September, 2018-The Times of India has reported that a pending Red Corner Notice against Indian billionaire Mehul Choksi will be taken up by an internal committee of the International Police, (INTERPOL).

According to INTERPOL, a Red Corner Notice is a request to locate and provisionally arrest an individual pending extradition. It is issued by the General Secretariat at the request of a member country or an international tribunal based on a valid national arrest warrant.

The RCN request was put on hold by the INTERPOL after a representation by Choksi during which he had alleged that the cases against him were a result of political conspiracy they said. He had also raised questions about jail conditions, his personal safety and health among others, the Times of India detailed.

A five-member INTERPOL committee court will reportedly examine contentions of both sides and give its ruling on the request for issuing the Red Corner Notice.

Choksi is wanted in India for allegedly defrauding the state-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) to the tune of Rs 13,500 crore. A multi-agency probe is on against him – involving the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Income Tax Department – and formal charges have been filed against him by CBI and ED.

The Indian Ambassador to the Caribbean has held discussions with Antiguan Government officials on the possibility of extraditing the Indian National.

However, attorneys for Choksi who gained Antiguan citizenship through the CIP has asked the High Court to block any moves to extradite him.

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