Choksi’s statement comes just two days after government sources said that he has moved to Antigua from the US and taken the passport of the Caribbean country.
In response to the diffusion notice issued by Interpol, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has been informed by Antiguan authorities that Choksi arrived there this month and had taken the passport of that country, the sources had said.
In the statement issued by Choksi, dated July 26, he has refuted, what he terms, ‘allegations made by Indian media and authorities’.
On Friday, TOI reported that the granting of citizenship to Choksi in Antigua has snowballed into a political controversy with opposition parties there demanding answers from Prime Minister Gaston Browne.
Data analysed by TOI reveals that 28 Indians have applied for the Caribbean nation’s citizenship since 2014. Seven of them were granted the hassle-free Antiguan nationality between January 1 and June 30, 2017 itself, upon investment of $2,00,000, according to the half-yearly report of Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), which comes under Antigua’s ministry of finance and corporate governance and public private partnerships.