Choksi had fled India in early January 2018 and took oath of allegiance in Antigua in the same year
While seeking nod for the scientific tests, the central agency had said it needs to know about the 'pecuniary benefits' received by the accused.
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The attached properties include three commercial assets based in Dubai, a Mercedes Benz car and a number of fixed deposits in bank accounts in the country and outside, the agency said.
Choksi is one of the alleged masterminds of the $2 billion scam in state-run Punjab National Bank
Choksi, accused of money laundering by the Enforcement Directorate in the multi-crore Punjab National Bank scam, is presently in Antigua and has told the high court that he is unable to travel to India due to ill health.
Choksi, currently based in the Caribbean nation of Antigua, filed an affidavit June 17 through his advocate Vijay Aggarwal, stating he had left the country in January 2018 for getting medical check-up and treatment abroad.
Meanwhile, a dozen luxury cars belonging to Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi have been auctioned, fetching the government exchequer Rs 3.29 crore
Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi are wanted by the ED and the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) for allegedly defrauding the PNB to the tune of Rs 13,400 crore, in collusion with a few of its employees.
Mehul Choksi, the promoter of company, is currently on the run.
Choksi and his nephew diamantaire Nirav Modi are absconding after the biggest financial fraud came to light in February 2018 and are facing extradition from Antigua and Britain, respectively
The three businessmen mentioned by Gandhi, are wanted in India for fraud and money laundering.
In a statement issued by his lawyers, the raids against him were on the basis of 'an old and dated 'Know Your Customer' (KYC) document' submitted by him to the Punjab National Bank in 1995.
The Central agency's reply came in response to an application filed by Nitin Shahi, a former assistant finance manager with Choksi's Gitanjali Group, who is one of the accused.
Choksi, who is one of the key people accused of defrauding Punjab National Bank of $2 billion, fled India before the accusations surfaced last year.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had moved the special court for Prevention of Money Laundering Act seeking to declare Modi and Choksi as fugitive economic offenders (FEAs).
An official from Antigua's PMO said that his government would wish him (Choksi) gone, as he “brings nothing to Antigua but unwanted publicity”
A multi-agency probe is already underway into the fraud, which was mainly perpetrated by way of fraudulent Letters of Undertaking (LoUs).
"The Interpol has issued a Red Corner Notice against Mehul Choksi on the request of CBI," CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said.
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Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley allowed the jewellers to flee the country.
The crucial report was finalised eight months before the PNB scam came to light, but was not shared with other agencies as there was 'no protocol' for such sharing at that time
The move comes against the backdrop of defaults by Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi and thereafter, fleeing the country.
Choksi is not fit to travel, so his statement can be recorded through video conferencing or ED officers can visit Antigua and take his statement, Choksi's lawyer told court.
In one of the 10 applications filed by Choksi before the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court of judge M S Azmi, the diamond trader stated that he cannot take a "41-hour" flight to come to India due to a "brain clot" and other medical conditions.