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.
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.
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.
PNB scam: CBI may soon file charge sheet against those arrested; probe against Nirav Modi, Mehul Choski still on
The probe against those absconding, such as Modi, Choksi, and their relatives, is still on, and the agency may take time to finalise their roles in the case, officials said.
However, when compared with the same period last year, the optimism index has grown by 7.6 per cent, it added.
Central Vigilance Commission awaits detailed report; calls Punjab Natioal Bank auditors in fraud case
The watchdog asserted the need for strengthening the preventive vigilance mechanism, ensuring procedures were not just routinely followed but that the veracity of reports was verified.
With more bank default cases surfacing across the country for the past few months, the bank officials are more cautious while accepting business loan applications.
CBI had Tuesday informed the court it had added 'criminal breach of trust' charge to the case related to diamond trader Mehul Choksi's firms.
PNB has taken a series of measures to check misuse of SWIFT message platform allegedly used by Nirav Modi and his associates to defraud the bank of Rs 1,2967.86 crore, the Finance Ministry said.
Punjab National Bank today said it has put in place a three-tier authentication system for SWIFT transaction and is in the process of installing a "superior" software system.
In the wake of the billion-dollar Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud, former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram alleged that the accused were assisted “at some level.”
The CBI on Thursday said that it has registered a fresh case against diamantaire Nirav Modi for causing a loss of Rs 321 crore to Punjab National Bank.
The sources said the two top bank officials were summoned for giving loan facility to Gitanjali Group and would be questioned.