Barbara Jabarica, alleged girlfriend of fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi, said Wednesday that contrary to his wife Priti’s claims, the businessman had been the first to approach and “befriend” her.

Speaking to ANI, Barbara said: “Raj (Mehul Choksi) was the one who approached me, asked for my number and ‘befriended me,’ totally the opposite of what his wife says.”

She also revealed that Choksi had introduced herself as Raj to her. “I’ve known him (Mehul Choksi) since last August and I met him in Jolly Harbor when I rented an Airbnb accommodation near where he also lives. He introduced himself as Raj. Between August and April, he always texted me, but he I responded once a month, “he previously said in an exclusive interview with ANI.

According to Barbara, Choksi went to great lengths to convince her to join the diamond business. She also spoke to ANI about the much-talked-about ring, which she reportedly gave her as a gift.

“I think one of the main intentions that she gave me this jewelry was that she wanted to convince me to get involved in her jewelry business,” said Barbara.

“He lied to his country, to his clients, to me about his name, background, jewelry, etc. I would question and many people would question now if he has ever told the truth about something,” added Barbara.

Speaking of his relationships with Choksi, he said: “I made this clear in some interviews that I was not his girlfriend (Mehul Choksi) … I have my own income and business. I don’t need her money, assistance, hotel reservation, fake jewelry or anything like that. “

In his recent complaint to the Antigua Police Commissioner, Choksi claimed that he was attacked by eight to ten men while on his way to meet a woman named Barbara Jabarica, with whom he claimed to have “friendly terms.”

Choksi had disappeared from Antigua on May 23 and was arrested in Dominica. Police charged him with illegal entry into Dominica after he allegedly escaped from Antigua and Barbuda in a possible attempt to evade extradition to India.