I will be mob lynched if I come to India: PNB Scam accused Mehul Choksi

A special court has ordered the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to file its reply to Choksi’s plea. The next hearing for the case is scheduled for August 18.

I will be mob lynched if I come to India: PNB Scam accused Mehul Choksi

Absconding business tycoon, Mehul Choksi, one of the key accused of the ₹13,000 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam, on Monday moved to a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act court in Mumbai claiming that if he is brought to India, he fears that he might be mob-lynched. Due to which, Choksi has also requested to cancel all the non-bailable warrants against him.    

Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi have been accused of a fraud worth ₹13,000 crore. In March, the special court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Mehul Choksi when the Enforcement Directorate filed a charge sheet against him.

In an application before the court, Choksi said that he fears for his life as he faces a threat from his former employees and debtors in India. The application read:

As it became impossible for the applicant’s company [Gitanjali Gems] to function and the employees were not paid their salaries and debtors did not get their money back, all these persons have become agitated against the applicant and he is now facing threat to his life. There have been various cases of mob lynching in India. This recent trend of mob lynching and general public giving justice on the road is growing. Even the applicant faces a similar threat.”

Not only this, but the application read that the businessman has agreed to the demands of the investigating agencies and only his ill health and the revocation of his passport forbid him from entering the country.

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