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Willing to join investigation, will travel to India as soon as I'm medically fit: Mehul Choksi  

File photo of Mehul Choksi. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 17, 2019, 06.19 PM (IST)

Fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi on Monday submitted an affidavit in the High Court of Judicature at Bombay with details of his diseases. Choksi stated that he has left the country for medical treatment and has not fled. 

Choksi said that he is willing to join the investigation but is unable to travel to India owing to his medical issue. "If the court may deem it fit, it may direct the investigating officer to travel to Antigua," news agency ANI quoted Choksi. 

"I am willing to join the investigation but due to my medical issue, I am unable to travel. I undertake to travel to India as soon as I am medically fit to travel," Choksi stated.

"I am currently residing in Antigua and willing to co-operate in the investigation," he added. 

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This comes after the Enforcement Directorate, earlier this month, termed as "misleading" the medical reports submitted by Choksi as an excuse for not appearing before the Bombay High Court.

"The documentation submitted by the appellant are merely copies. In the absence of the original, both the genesis and veracity of the contents of the documents cannot rely upon by the court," read the ED affidavit.

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Seeking dismissal of medical records submitted by Choksi, the ED stated that the intention of Choksi appeared to be suspicious as he "purposefully failed to submit the medical records February 17, 2018, onwards.

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"The agency further submitted that Choksi underwent coronary angiography and coronary angioplasty in February 2018 but was allowed to return to work within 3-5 days.

"It is not clear as to what prevents him from undertaking travel after about 8-9 months from the date of undergoing the procedure. 

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However, in the affidavit, Choksi has said that claims of Enforcement Directorate and CBI, that he is not joining the probe, are wrong. 

Choksi an accused in 13,000 crore PNB scam case. 

(With inputs from ANI)

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'If the court may deem it fit, it may direct the investigating officer to travel to Antigua," Choksi stated.