(Our Bureau, June 4) New Delhi had sent eight officials on a Qatar Executive private jet to Dominica hoping that fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi’s extradition would be swiftly cleared by the Caribbean island. An India Today news report shows the exercise could have cost the government as much as $449,000 (₹ 3.28 crore), especially since the Bombardier Global 5000 aircraft was idling at the Douglas-Charles airport for seven days. The pricing factors a base rate of $374,000 and handling charges of $75,000 for the 2-pilot aircraft, which has a range of 5,200 nautical miles. But the publication adds that the government could have got a discounted rate. News reports say the Bombardier jet left the Caribbean island today without Choksi as a Dominican court extended the businessman’s jail time till July.
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