A Special CBI court in Mumbai has issued a notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) based on two fresh applications filed in connection with the Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam, in which Mehul Choksi is the prime accused.
Earlier, the CBI had requested the court to declare Mehul Choksi a proclaimed offender and attach his properties under the Code of Criminal Procedure.
Incidentally, Mehul Choksi, happens to be the promoter of Gitanjali Gems. Both Choksi and and his nephew Nirav Modi are accused in the Rs 13,500-crore Punjab National Bank fraud case. Mehul Choksi fled the country a year ago and has been granted citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda on January 15, 2018.
The first application, which was filed by Advocates Vijay Aggarwal and Anshul Aggarwal, states that such a declaration without hearing their client, Mehul Choksi, would violate his right of natural justice.
The two counsels have also sought cancellation of a non-bailable warrant which is pending against Mehul Chksi and contended that unless it is heard and disposed of, he cannot be declared an offender.
The second application, filed by A S Nair, sought the copies of data stored in the server of Gitanjali Gems Limited seized by the CBI.
The application was filed on the ground CBI has an obligation to place on record all the material it has seized because it is important for the defense to prepare its case.