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Bombay High Court directs Choksi's lawyers to submit his health report

The court has adjourned the case to July 10.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Jun 24, 2019, 10.01 PM IST
PNB scam: Bombay HC seeks report from JJ Hospital docs on medical condition of Mehul Choksi
PNB scam: Bombay HC seeks report from JJ Hospital docs on medical condition of Mehul Choksi
MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court has directed the counsel of Mehul Choksi to submit a fresh health report by Monday to determine whether he is medically fit to be brought to India through air ambulance.

On Monday, a division bench of the Bombay High Court comprising Justice Indrajit Mohanty and Justice, while directing a counsel of Choksi to submit his medical report, added that a copy of the report will be given to the doctors of JJ Hospital to ascertain whether he is fit to travel via air ambulance.

The court has adjourned the case to July 10.

Earlier, before court's direction, Choksi's lawyer also asked for a waiver of a red corner notice for the time being to enable the fugitive diamantaire to travel to Miami, US for medical treatment.

Since, there is a red corner notice against Choksi, the moment he lands in the US, the authorities can exercise a clause in the bilateral treaty between the two nations to deport him to India.

Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi, who is currently in a London jail, are wanted by the ED and the CBI for allegedly defrauding the Punjab National Bank (PNB) to the tune of Rs 13,400 crore.

Choksi has approached the Bombay High Court to quash the plea filed by ED to declare him a fugitive economic offender (FEO).

Currently, multiple investigation agencies including enforcement directorate (ED), Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), CBI, Department of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and income tax department are investigating the fraud. Choksi is strongly contesting the case in a bid to restrain the government agencies to declare him a fugitive economic offender, under the newly enacted laws.

Fugitive Economic Offenders Act 2018, to come into effect from 21st April 2018. Under the act, the Court can, if satisfied, immediately pass an order of confiscation of properties in respect of an application made by the ED under Section 4 of the said Act.

The ED is clothed with the power to provisionally attach such properties. Such attachment is valid for a period of 180 days from the date of such attachment.
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