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Mehul Choksi's repatriation stayed by Dominican court; lawyers claim he was forcefully picked up, tortured

Mehul Choksi's lawyer in Dominica, Wayne Marsh, said Choksi is a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda and not India hence he should be sent back.

May 28, 2021 / 09:39 AM IST
Mehul Choksi had been living in Antigua and Barbuda since 2018 after taking the citizenship of the country.

Mehul Choksi had been living in Antigua and Barbuda since 2018 after taking the citizenship of the country.

The extradition of fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi to India may be delayed further as a court in Dominica on May 27 stayed his repatriation. The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in the High Court of Justice Commonwealth of Dominica has restrained Dominica Government from extradition of Mehul Choksi and asked the police to allow him to meet his legal counsel.

The next hearing in the matter on Friday at 9 am local time, as per an NDTV report.

The court stopped Choksi's removal from the country after his lawyers filed a habeas corpus petition stating they were allegedly not given access to him.

Under a habeas corpus petition, an arrested person has to be brought before a judge, especially to secure the person's release "unless lawful grounds are shown for their detention".