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Gave citizenship to Choksi after India’s clearance, says Antigua

Choksi had applied for Antiguan citizenship and got it in November 2017.

New Delhi: Antigua’s assertion that India did not give any adverse report to stall granting of citizenship to Mehul Choksi last year, evoked sharp reactions from the authorities here with the government on Friday, maintaining the police verification report of the bank fraud accused was “clear” at that time.

Sebi’s clarification

The Antiguan authority responsible for grant of investment-linked citizenship named the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) as one of the Indian agencies to have given a clearance in case of Choksi.

Choksi had applied for Antiguan citizenship and got it in November 2017. He left India on January 4 this year.

However, Sebi rejected the claim and said it neither received any such request, nor provided any such information to the department concerned in Antigua.

‘Centre’s lie exposed’

The Congress on Friday said that “complicity and connivance” of the government in Choksi’s escape had been “exposed” after the statements from Antigua.

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