A magisterial court in Dominica ordered fugitive diamond merchant Mehul Choksi to be sent to jail on Thursday, but he will continue to undergo hospital treatment as his health has worsened. Choksi's lawyer Vijay Aggarwal in India gave this information. "Police custody has been converted into jail custody," he said. Advocate Vijay Aggarwal said that yes, (Choksi's) police custody has been remanded to jail custody, but he will remain in the hospital as his condition has worsened. His legal team had submitted a medical certificate of mental stress and high blood pressure from doctors at the Dominica China Friendship Hospital, where Choksi is undergoing treatment.
The development is being seen as a ray of hope for India which has approached the Dominica High Court to make it a party to the case filed by Choksi's lawyers. Choksi's bail plea has already been rejected.
India in talks with Dominica for extradition
Indian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said on Thursday that the Indian government is actively engaged with the Dominica government for the extradition of Choksi. Meanwhile, the Magistrate Court of Dominica has adjourned the hearing of Choksi's illegal entry into the country till June 25.
CBI's disclosure about Choksi
The CBI has said that fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi had come to know about the impending Enforcement Directorate (ED) interrogation against him in 2017 and that is why he fled India by hiding evidence. The CBI in its supplementary charge sheet has included Section 201 of the IPC along with other charges which pertain to destruction of evidence by the suspect under a criminal conspiracy.