PNB fraud: ED arrests man linked to Mehul Choksi’s businesses from Kolkata airport


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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) captured an official of a firm connected to criminal gem specialist Mehul Choksi Monday regarding its tax evasion test in the USD 2-billion PNB extortion case, authorities said.

They included that Deepak Kulkarni was captured from the Kolkata airplane terminal after he arrived from Hong Kong.

Kulkarni was captured under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and was relied upon to be delivered under the steady gaze of a court Tuesday, the authorities stated, including that the ED would look for his travel remand to take him to Mumbai, where the case was enrolled.

Kulkarni was connected to the abroad organizations of Choksi, one of the fundamental blamed for the situation, and the ED had advised a Look-out Circular (LoC) against him, the authorities said.

He was an executive in a Hong Kong-based “sham” firm connected to Choksi, an authority stated, including that the ED had named him in a chargesheet recorded against the outlaw diamond setter prior this year and a Mumbai court had additionally issued a non-bailable warrant against him.

The ED had on October 17 seized resources of Mehul Choksi and other denounced, worth over Rs 218 crore.

Choksi, his nephew and precious stone goldsmith Nirav Modi and others are being examined under different criminal laws after the misrepresentation became visible this year, following a dissension from the Punjab National Bank (PNB) that they supposedly deceived the nationalized bank to the tune of over Rs 13,000 crore, with the implied inclusion of a portion of its workers.

Both Choksi and Modi are slipping away since the case was enlisted by the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

India has requested that Antigua and Barbuda speed up its reaction to New Delhi’s ask for the removal of outlaw precious stone trader Mehul Choksi.

In July, the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) of Antigua and Barbuda affirmed that Mehul Choksi was available in the island country and that he had gotten Antiguan citizenship in November 2017.


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