Mehul Choksi letter to employees: ‘Will not be able to pay your salaries, look for jobs elsewhere’ -
Mehul Choksi letter to employees: ‘Will not be able to pay your salaries, look for jobs elsewhere’
Posted 24 Feb 2018 03:43 PM

Gitanjali Gems promoter Mehul Choksi has written to his employees saying a situation of “fear and injustice” has been created against him and the company. Choksi, who is accused of defrauding Punjab National Bank of Rs 11,400 crore, added that he is facing problems due to the manner in which multiple investigating agencies, which are “hell bent on stopping the operations”, have started to “create havoc”.

Choksi also informed his employees that it is very tough for him to clear their dues or to pay future salaries, “in view of the seizing of the various bank accounts and other properties.”

Choksi, who is accused in the alleged scam along with billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi, asked his employees to look for other career opportunities. He also told them to retain their office laptops and mobile phones till their dues are cleared.

“I will face my destiny and I know I have done nothing wrong and ultimately the truth shall prevail,” Choksi wrote in an email, released by his lawyer Sanjay Abbot yesterday.

“But, I do not want anybody to get even a shadow of adversity or injustice onto the people just because of their association with me. At this moment, the investigating agencies seem to be interested not in a fair investigation but in creating a fear psychosis within my employees. The kind of unfair treatment, unfair investigation, media frenzy and political statements are making me highly insecure about the safety of myself and my family members,” he added.

“The letter was written because everything has been sealed/seized my client is not in a position to operate any account to pay the employees. So it was written to tell them that they are free,” Abbot told ANI on Saturday.

He also said that he was in touch with Choksi. “Yes, we are in touch. That is a privilege communication between me and my client, I am not supposed to disclose. I have no idea where is he,” he said.

Earlier, diamantaire Modi also blamed the PNB for “destroying” his brand and said the bank has shut the doors on his ability to repay the debt. Modi who is facing multi-pronged investigations, wrote a letter to the bank’s management last week, blaming the bank for damaging his business and stating that his dues were much less than what the bank claimed, reported PTI.

Choksi and Modi are being investigated by the CBI, Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax Department after PNB detected the fraudulent transactions and alleged that they cheated the nationalised bank to the tune of Rs 11,400 crore, with the involvement of a few of its employees.

The CBI and the ED have registered two FIRs each in the case. Both Choksi and Modi left the country before the criminal cases were lodged against them. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has suspended their passports for four weeks.

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