According to sources, CBI is contacting the Antigua Embassy in India and seeks confirmation about the reports of missing Mehul Choksi and other details regarding the matter.
There were media reports in Antigua that the police have launched a manhunt for Mehul Choksi, who is wanted by the CBI and ED in India for his involvement in the PNB fraud case.
Bhansali, who was an executive of Nirav Modi's Firestar International firm, is absconding since the probe started in the alleged USD 2 billion PNB fraud case.
Choksi, the alleged partner-in-crime of his nephew Nirav Modi in the banking fraud, refused to say anything further on the issue, on the advice of his lawyers.
The government will hire an independent expert to reassess all the assets.
Department has gathered documents that indicate that these select buyers of high-end jewellery split the total payment for diamond jewellery, by paying a part through cheque or card and rest in cash.
Earlier this year, allowing the plea of the govt, the NCLT had injuncted all companies and individuals from removal, transfer or disposal of funds and properties until its further orders.
PNB fraud: ED moves court seeking fugitive offender tag against diamond traders Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi
The Enforcement Directorate said two separate applications, under the recently promulgated Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance, were filed against the duo.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra expressed strong displeasure over the allegations made in the petition against the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister.
Questioning the timing of Nirav's travels, the Congress said all his dummy directors in the Gitanjali group travelled conveniently from Hong Kong to UK to seek political asylum.
The confirmation came at a meeting on counter-terrorism in Delhi between a UK delegation and an Indian delegation.
Nirav Modi is in London trying to claim asylum from what he calls 'political persecution'.
The ED charge sheet focuses on the money laundering aspect and the role of Nirav Modi and others in perpetrating the alleged fraud, a senior official said.
PNB scam: Court orders issuance of non-bailable warrant against absconding diamond merchant Mehul Choksi
The chargesheet names managing director of Gitanjali group Mehul Choksi, former PNB managing director and CEO Usha Ananthasubramanian and two serving executive directors of PNB.
The ED complaint or charge sheet will focus on the money laundering aspect and the role of Nirav Modi, Choksi and others in perpetrating the alleged fraud.