WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Jun 17, 2019, 06.19 PM
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.
Mehul Choksi in his affidavit has also stated 'I am currently residing in Antigua and willing to co-operate in the investigation. If court may deem it fit,it may direct the investigating officer to travel to Antigua.' https://t.co/0idKu89dyC
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.
Mehul 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. pic.twitter.com/rgYBkf7cmp
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.
Mehul Choksi submits affidavit in the High Court of Judicature at Bombay, with details of his diseases and says he left country not to flee but for medical treatment. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/WaXFbWyOZS
"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.
In his affidavit Choksi has said that claims of Enforcement Directorate & CBI, that he is not joining the probe are wrong. Citing his medical history, Choksi claims he cannot travel outside Antigua. However, he said ED and CBI can question him in Antigua. https://t.co/e4Wnw8Vrbe