Sunil Varma, head of International Business at Gitanjali Gems Limited, through his lawyer Girish Kulkarni, has approached the special CBI court, stating he is ready to cooperate by appearing before a consulate in the US and face ED officials via video conference.
In his reply to the CBI plea filed on Wednesday, 63-year old Gokulnath Shetty has said that he is a senior citizen and has been suffering from various health issues, including high blood pressure and vertigo.
“Mehul Choksi'scitizenship was processed; he got through but the reality is his citizenship will be revoked and he will be repatriated to India; so there is recourse. It’s not a case that we are trying to provide any safe harbour for criminals, for those who are involved in financial crimes,” Gaston Browne said.
In April, Choksi had approached the court claiming that he had not deliberately avoided joining the investigation against him in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) alleged fraud case, but was unable to return because of his medical condition.
In a counter affidavit submitted before a Mumbai court, the ED stated that Choksi's medical reasons and conditions appear to be facades and informed the court that it is willing to provide an air ambulance with medical experts to bring back the businessman.