Diamond merchant Nirav Modi’s uncle Mehul Choksi, who is a key accused in the multi-crore Punjab National Bank scam case, moved a special court in Mumbai on Wednesday, seeking the cancellation of a non-bailable warrant issued against him, PTI reported.
Lawyer Sanjay Abbot, who moved the application before special Central Bureau of Investigation court judge JC Jagdale, claimed that Choksi cannot travel to India to attend proceedings in the court because of his medical condition. Choksi is apprehensive of his safety in India and cannot even disclose his location to the court at present, ANI quoted Abbot as saying.
Choksi, through his lawyer, said he had never sought to avoid the the investigating agencies and had duly responded to their letters. He claimed that his case was completely different from that of his nephew jeweller Nirav Modi.
The CBI approached the Interpol on June 11, seeking Red Corner Notice against businessman Modi and Choksi for allegedly cheating the Punjab National Bank of more than Rs 13,000 crore.
The special CBI court issued the non-bailable warrant last month after the agency filed a second chargesheet in the case. The court asked the investigators to file a reply and posted the matter for hearing on July 11.