News24 has fugitive Mehul Choksi's passport, other proof

New Delhi, August 27, News24 Bureau: India can seek extradition of fugitive billionaire Mehul Choksi without an Interpol Red Corner Notice as it is not a mandatory requirement for the process, the CBI has told the Ministry of External Affairs.In a communication to the ministry earlier this month, the agency said the purpose of a Red Corner Notice is to locate an absconding accused which has already been achieved in Choksi's case after confirmation from Antigua that he is their citizen, officials said.They also said that having an RCN is of little value now as Antigua has granted him citizenship and Choksi is now an Antiguan passport holder. The agency has communicated to the ministry that it has already written to its counterpart agency in Antigua for the provisional arrest of Choksi, who is the alleged mastermind of the over 2 billion USD bank fraud in the Punjab National Bank."The contention of Antiguan authorities that the only way the movement of Choksi could be restricted is through issue a Red Corner Notice is not legally sound as primary objective of locating the subject has already been addressed," the letter said.With Agencies