Mehul Choksi, fugitive diamantaire and a key accused in the multi-crore Punjab National Bank scam, moved an application before the Prevention of Money Laundering Act court on Monday seeking the cancellation of the non-bailable warrants issued against him.

Mr. Choksi, promoter of Gitanjali Gems, said he feared he would be lynched if he was brought to India. The court issued the warrants in March and July on taking cognisance of the chargesheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate.

On June 27, Mr. Choksi filed an application for cancellation of the warrants issued by the CBI court.

In a press release issued through his advocate Sanjay Abbot, Mr. Choksi said, “There are various reported cases of mob lynching in India and the recent trend of mob lynching is growing.”

Mr. Choksi said he faced a threat to his life from his former employees and debtors as their dues had not been paid because of the freezing of his accounts. He would face threats of extortion by jail staff and a danger to his life from jail inmates.

The application will be heard on August 18.

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