Gurjit Bhandal, one of many individuals reportedly named within the ‘abduction’ of Mehul Choksi from Antigua and Barbuda on Could 23, has denied any hyperlink to the case and claimed that he had left the Caribbean island on Could 23 morning on a yacht, in response to native media studies.
In his grievance to the Antigua police, Choksi has claimed that he was kidnapped on Could 23 night when he had gone to a spot the place his ‘pal’ Barbara Jabarica, additionally a suspect within the case, was staying. He has named Gurmit Singh, Narendar Singh, Jabarica and different unidentified individuals for his alleged abduction.
Bhandal, who’s into property enterprise in Midlands, United Kingdom, has claimed that he had gone crusing within the Caribbeans along with his pal Gurmit Singh in April-Could, web site Writeups24.com reported.
Denying any affiliation with the alleged abduction of Choksi, Bhandal, an Indian-origin particular person, stated he would ‘co-operate and assist the police’ within the investigation, however the Antigua police has not approached him to this point.
Bhandal advised the web site in a telephonic interview that on Could 23, he and Singh have been at English Harbour in Antigua and after clearing immigration late morning, they left for Dominica.
He claimed that he reached Dominica at evening however cleared the customs the subsequent day.
‘We reached Dominica on Could 23, Sunday evening. On the identical day, we began from Antigua and cleared the customs the subsequent day on Could 24,’ he advised the web site.
Choksi, in his grievance, has alleged that he was picked up from Antigua on Could 23 night and brought on a yacht, which took him to the waters of Dominica the subsequent day round 10 am, the place he was handed over to the Coast Guard of Dominica on boat.
Their plan was to go to St Lucia from Dominica however Bhandal, who claimed to be an everyday crusing aficionado, stated he received ‘sea sick’ en route and dropped any additional crusing plan after reaching Dominica.
Bhandal stated he and Singh ‘usually go crusing collectively’ within the Mediterranean Sea, however this time, they determined to do it within the Caribbeans.
‘We took a constitution from there (Dominica) to Barbados,’ the web site quoted him as saying.
Requested about Jabarica, Choksi’s pal who’s allegedly concerned within the abduction plot, Bhandal stated he doesn’t know her however retains assembly tons of of individuals whereas taking flights within the Caribbeans.
‘There have been 21 flights to the Caribbeans, however throughout Covid, there are solely two flights in every week now, so this will increase the chance that we stumble upon the identical folks time and again,’ he stated.
Within the telephonic interview to the web site, Bhandal claimed that he has been crusing with Singh within the area since April, when he had stayed for 4 days in Antigua, a day in Dominica and 4 days in St Lucia.
In Could, they have been on a second yachting journey within the area, however couldn’t ebook the boat that they used on their first journey, in order that they booked the Calliope of Arne yacht on-line.
Choksi, wished in a Rs 13,500-crore financial institution fraud case in India, had mysteriously gone lacking on Could 23 from Antigua and Barbuda, the place he has been staying as a citizen since 2018.
He was detained within the neighbouring island nation of Dominica for unlawful entry, after a attainable romantic escapade along with his rumoured girlfriend.
Choksi’s attorneys alleged that he was kidnapped from Jolly Harbour in Antigua by policemen wanting like Antiguan and Indian, and delivered to Dominica on a ship.