CBI raids 50 places over bank loan fraud worth Rs 1,114 cr

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New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) In a major crackdown on bank loan defaulters, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday searched more than 50 locations in 12 states and Union Territories and registered 17 cases of bank fraud amounting to the tune of Rs 1,114 crore.

A CBI official said that several teams of the probe agency raided the residences and business premises of companies, promoters, directors and bank officials across 18 cities.

The places where the raids took place include Delhi, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Valsad, Surat, Ludhiana, Gurugram, Gaya, Palani in Tamil Nadu, Bhopal and Kolar in Karnataka.

A senior official said here that the CBI has registered the 16th case against Winsome Diamonds and Jewellery, its promoter-director Jatin Mehta, directors Ramesh Parikh, Hariesh Mehta, Jay Kumar Kapoor, Haytham Salman Ali Abu Obediah and unknown bank officials and others for committing fraud to the tune of Rs 202 crore, including interest, on the complaint of Exim Bank.

Besides Winsome Diamonds and Jewellery, the CBI has also registered 16 cases against a number of other companies for cheating the national banks to the tune of over Rs 900 crore.

The official said that on the complaint of Bank of India (BoI), the agency has registered a case against SK NIT India Ltd for wrongful loss to BoI to the tune of Rs 91.36 crore.

The CBI has named SK NIT, it’s Chairman Navin Kumar Tayal, Managing Director Anand Zawar, directors Naresh Chandra Sharma and Manmohan Balbir Ahluwalia, guarantors Pravin Kumar Tayal and Ram Pratap Tayal and other unknown persons and public servants in the case.

The official further said that on the complaint of State Bank of India (SBI), it registered a case against Supreme Tex Mart Ltd for cheating the bank to the tune of Rs 143.25 crore.

The agency has named Supreme Mart, its Managing Director and guarantor Ajay Gupta, Director and guarantor Gautam Gupta, shareholder and Director Sanjay Gupta, Gold Leaf International Private Ltd and unknown public servants and private persons in the case. The CBI carried out searches at five locations of the company in Ludhiana.

The agency official said that it has also registered a case against Bangalore-based M/s Aegan Batteries on the complaint of SBI for defrauding the bank to the tune of Rs 98.75 crore.

In Bihar’s Gaya, the agency registered a case against M/s Ramnandhi Hotels and Resorts Ltd on the complaint of Central Bank of India for defrauding the bank to the tune of Rs 131.79 crore, naming 14 accused.

The official said that CBI has also registered a case against M/s Nafto Gaz India Pvt Ltd on the complaint of Corporation Bank for defrauding the bank to the tune of Rs 93 crore, naming 10 accused.

The CBI also registered a case against M/s SL Consumer Products Ltd on the complaint of Union Bank of India for defrauding the bank to the tune of Rs 55 crore.

The official further said that the agency has registered a case against against M/s Samprash Foods Pvt Ltd for defrauding Union Bank of India to the tune of Rs 60 crore , naming four accused.

–IANS

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