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A special envoy to Britain 'plotted' the kidnap of a diamond tycoon in the Caribbean at the behest of the Indian state.

Gurdip Bath, who has been pictured with King Charles, allegedly hatched the extraordinary plan on British soil.

India-born Mr Bath, who lives in an £8 million Mayfair mansion near the Ritz, is accused of flying with a gang from London to Antigua to abduct Mehul Choksi as part of a honeytrap on Delhi's orders, according to a court claim in Antigua and Barbuda.

Mr Bath – who has citizenship of St Kitts and Nevis and has acted as its commercial attaché to the UK for 11 years – strongly denies involvement.

He and his alleged associates are accused of deploying glamorous London-based property consultant Barbara Jarabik to lure Mr Choksi to an apartment near his home in Antigua. There, he was pounced on by thugs claiming to be police, according to the court claim filed by Mr Choski.

The jewellery dealer, 64, says he was beaten, tasered, bound to a wheelchair and loaded on to a yacht bound for Dominica.

Gurdip Bath (pictured, left), who has been pictured with King Charles (pictured, right), allegedly hatched the extraordinary plan on British soil

Gurdip Bath (pictured, left), who has been pictured with King Charles (pictured, right), allegedly hatched the extraordinary plan on British soil

Diamond tycoon Mehul Choksi says he was taken against his will from London to Antigua

Diamond tycoon Mehul Choksi says he was taken against his will from London to Antigua

He says he suffered serious injuries at the hands of the group of thugs that allegedly kidnapped him

He says he suffered serious injuries at the hands of the group of thugs that allegedly kidnapped him

The group allegedly hired property consultant Barbara Jarabik to lure Mr Choksi to an apartment near his home in Antigua

The group allegedly hired property consultant Barbara Jarabik to lure Mr Choksi to an apartment near his home in Antigua

He claims an Indian delegation flew in to deport him to his homeland where he is wanted over a supposed £1 billion banking fraud. 

But whistleblowers alerted his lawyers who found him battered and bruised in a cell before they secured his release.

Mr Choksi is suing Antigua's attorney general and police chief for not properly investigating his abduction and bringing his assailants to justice after he suffered 'inhuman or degrading treatment'.

The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court refused attempts by Antigua to dismiss the claim and found Mr Choksi had an 'arguable' case in May. 

The authorities finally filed a defence last week detailing steps taken since the kidnap and calling for the claim to be dismissed. A trial date is yet to be set.

Now Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) is being called on to investigate Mr Bath, 47, along with his co-accused over alleged conspiracy to kidnap in the UK.

Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) is being called on to investigate Mr Bath, 47, along with his co-accused over alleged conspiracy to kidnap in the UK

Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) is being called on to investigate Mr Bath, 47, along with

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