Restore Red Notice against Choksi: CBI to Interpol body

21 March, 2023 | Amish Mahajan

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The CBI has approached the 'Commission for Control of Interpol Files' CCf to revive the 'Red Notice' against fugitive diamond merchant Mehul Choksi.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has approached the ‘Commission for Control of Interpol Files’ (CCF) to revive the ‘Red Notice’ against fugitive diamond merchant Mehul Choksi, wanted in the Rs 13,000-crore bank fraud case from Punjab National Bank. The agency gave this information in a statement.

Interpol issued a red notice against Choksi in 2018 at the request of the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate. Choksi’s appeal against this was dismissed in 2020. The agency said that in 2022, almost a year after his alleged kidnapping attempt, Choksi approached the CCF to modify its earlier decision of 2020.

The CCF is a separate body within Interpol, not under the control of the Interpol Secretariat, and composed mainly of elected lawyers from different countries. The agency said, “Based on only hypothetical and unproven estimates, the five-member CCF Chamber withdrew the red notice in November 2022.”

The agency said the CCF has subsequently clarified to the CBI that its decision does not affect the guilt or innocence of Mehul Choksi, who has been charged in India.

The CBI said, “Based on the latest information and serious errors in the decision, the CBI is taking steps to modify the decision of the CCF.” It exercises the remedial and appellate options available within Interpol.