New Delhi:

A Dominican Magistrates Court postponed until June 25 the hearing on the alleged illegal entry of fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi into the Caribbean nation, local media reported.

On Monday, the Magistrates Court was to begin hearing the case of Choksi’s “illegal entry” into the country on May 23, but he did not appear, a media website Natureislenews reported.

His legal team presented a medical certificate from the doctors at the Dominican China Friendship Hospital, where Choksi is being held, of “mental stress” and high blood pressure.

Chief Magistrate Carette-George postponed the matter until June 25 and ordered to keep Choksi, wanted in the Rs 13,500 crore National Bank of Punjab scam case, under police surveillance at the hospital.

He also asked the authorities to present Choksi in court on June 17 for his subsequent preventive detention.

Choksi’s London lawyer, Michael Polak, released a statement on Monday saying new evidence has emerged showing that Barbara Jabarica, the woman the diamantaire was last seen with, requested to reserve accommodation with pier.

He alleged that Barbara Jabarica, who is suspected of being part of Choksi’s “kidnapping” in Antigua, had also inquired about neighboring property, which was booked by a UK-based company.

Mr. Polak posted two videos showing a small boat that he allegedly was used to transport a gagged and beaten Choksi out to sea, where he was transferred to a larger boat to take him to Dominica.

Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi had fled India in January 2018 weeks before the PNB scam case rocked the Indian banking industry.

Nirav Modi escaped to Europe and was eventually arrested in London, where he is challenging his extradition to India, while Choksi obtained Antigua and Barbuda citizenship in 2017, where he had been staying since escaping from Delhi.

Choksi, 62, had mysteriously disappeared on May 23 from Antigua and Barbuda, where he had been staying since 2018 as a citizen, since he fled India.

He was arrested in the neighboring island country of Dominica on May 23 for illegal entry.

His lawyers alleged that he was kidnapped at Jolly Harbor in Antigua by policemen who looked ancient and Indian and that they took him to Dominica in a boat.