|Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi|
Nirav Modi, the nephew and fellow bank fraudster of Mehul "CBI" Choksi, has been turned down after he applied for a Citizenship by Investment passport from Antigua & Barbuda. Choksi, his uncle and co-defendant in the Punjab National Bank fraud case in India, has delayed his extradition indefinitely, relying upon Antigua's notoriously corrupt court system to deny India justice.
Modi, who is himself fighting extradition to India from the United Kingdom, also sought a passport in Singapore, according to Indian media reports. Modu was monitoring his uncle's successful dilatory actions in Antigua while living in Britain, and thereafter filed his own application for a CBI passport.
Antigua's reputation as an East Caribbean state that follows the Rule of Law has taken a major hit, due to the country's failure to extradite Choksi to India, where he is the country's most wanted white collar criminal. His Antiguan attorneys have totally blocked his extradition since last August, notwithstanding that he has lost all his motions and appeals, as no local judicial officer will remove him. It is believed that bribes have cemented their cooperation with his lawyers, who have successfully prevented Leroy King, Antigua's ex-financial regulator, from being extradited for more than a decade.
Modi was only refused a CBI passport because of all the attention Choksi has received; far too many white collar criminals have received CBI passports from Antigua, St Kitts, Dominica and Grenada.