On Thursday, Mehul Choksi, one of the key accused in the Rs. 12,700 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud wrote a 7 page letter to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI.) In his letter, Choksi said he will not return to India as his passport has been revoked and that his family faces threats in India. He pointed out the ongoing investigations are unfair.
Choksi’s letter read, “I had a cardiac procedure in the first week of February 2018 and there is still work pending on the same. The entire procedure could not be completed on all veins due to the danger to the kidney and therefore I am not allowed to travel for at least a period of four to six months.”
Choksi stressed his concerns over not getting proper health care on returning to India. Choksi said he would be denied treatment in a private hospital and end up in a Government hospital.
Choksi further pointed out he did not receive any explanation as to why his passport was suspended and why he is seen as a threat in India. Choksi wrote, “I wish to point out that the Regional Passport Office, Mumbai, has not given me any explanation as to why my passport has been suspended and as to how I am a security threat to India. This goes to show that my passport has been suspended in a manner which violates my constitutional rights.”
He alleged the investigation agencies abused the process of law. The probing agencies are working with a predetermined mind, hampering the process of law and interfering with the course of justice.
Choksi added he was being threatened by his business partners and employees. He also alleged multiple investigation agencies are after his life. Choksi lost the record of his business dealings as the CBI seized his office servers. Choksi said he is being deprived of basic rights to communicate and the seizure has left him without any fundamental rights to defend himself against the allegations. Choksi fled India in the first week of January and has not disclosed his current whereabouts.