CBI examines complainant in NDTV case, seeks list of officials from ICICI who granted loan to news channel

The CBI has also sought copies of the correspondence between ICICI Bank officials and the NDTV promoters for seeking the loan in 2008.

Published: 06th June 2017 10:36 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th June 2017 10:36 PM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  A day after registering a case against NDTV promoters Pranoy Roy, his wife Radhika and others, the CBI on Tuesday examined the complainant of the case Sanjay Dutt for seeking further details in connection with the allegations in the FIR.

The agency has asked the ICICI Bank to furnish the list of officials who cleared a loan of Rs 375 crore with an annual rate of interest at 19  in October 2008 and those related to the reduction of the interest rate from 19 per cent to 9..5 per cent, CBI sources said.

The CBI has also sought copies of the correspondence between ICICI Bank officials and the NDTV promoters for seeking the loan in 2008.

“Complainant Sanjay Dutt was examined at the CBI headquarters here for seeking clarifications relating to the allegations in the case and for obtaining further information with regard to the accusations in the FIR. He was not examined as a suspect or as an accused,” an agency official said.

“Relevant documents related to the grant of loans to NDTV and further details of correspondence between ICICI Bank and NDTV promoters have been sought from ICICI Bank. List of the officials involved with the sanction and disbursal of the loan besides those who reduced the interest rate and accepted the loan repayment with a reduced interest rate has also been sought from ICICI Bank,” the official said.

The agency had on June 2 registered a case under Section 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act relating to criminal misconduct against Pranoy, Radhika and a private firm RRPR Holding Pvt Ltd for allegedly causing a loss of Rs 48 crores to ICICI Bank and consequent wrongful gain of the amount to the NDTV promoters.

The agency had on Monday conducted searches at five premises relating to Roys in Delhi, Dehradun and Mussoorie during which documents relating to the loan agreement between NDTV promoters and ICICI Bank was recovered, the CBI sources added.

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