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Ex-Aircel promoter, chiefs of two banks booked by CBI

The CBI has also booked former Aircel promoter C Sivasankaran and its companies Axcel Sunshine Ltd and Finland-based Win Wind Oy (WWO) in the case.

Published: 27th April 2018 01:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th April 2018 06:22 AM   |  A+A-

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NEW DELHI:  The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday booked Syndicate Bank Managing Director and CEO Melwyn Rego, Kishor Kharat MD and CEO of Indian Bank and other bank and private individual in a Rs 600 crore IDBI loan fraud case. 

The CBI has also booked former Aircel promoter C Sivasankaran and its companies Axcel Sunshine Ltd and Finland-based Win Wind Oy (WWO) in the case. According to the CBI, Rego and Kharat were Deputy Managing Director and Chief Managing Director of IDBI when the alleged loan fraud was taken place.

The CBI conducted searches in 50 places in 10 cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Faridabad, Gandhi Nagar, Chennai, Bengaluru, Belgaum, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Pune at the premises of accused and others.

The CBI FIR says that the company was granted voluntary bankruptcy by a Court in Finland in October 2013 but in February/ March 2014 a loan amounting to `523 crore (approx) was sanctioned by IDBI. “It was alleged that Finland based Company was sanctioned loan by ICG, Chennai, IDBI in October, 2010 to the extent of USD equivalent of EUR 322.40 crore (approx). The performance of said company showed stress and it was eventually granted voluntary bankruptcy by a Court in Finland in October 2013.

It was further alleged that in February / March 2014 a loan amounting to `523 crore (approx) was sanctioned by IDBI to the company based in the British Virgin Islands, an associate company of the said Group of Companies,” CBI said.  The loan was allegedly used for repaying other loans of other associate companies of this Group in flagrant violation of the regulatory guidelines of RBI on Foreign Investments in India, CBI said.

It was also alleged that the loans were granted to Sivasankaran companies by the IDBI Bank by extending relaxation and ignoring various conditions. “It was also alleged that the loans were granted to said companies by the IDBI Bank at its highest decision making level comprising of the senior most Management and even Independent Directors, disregarding the existing guidelines, instructions & procedures and Subsequently, various conditions were relaxed or all together ignored. This led to an alleged loss of `600 crore (approx) to bank/public exchequer,” CBI Spokesperson said.The CBI has registered a FIR which has names of 15 bank officials, 24 individuals and companies including C Sivasankaran, Syndicate Bank Managing Director and CEO Melwyn Rego, Kishor Kharat MD and CEO of Indian Bank.

15 bank officials named in FIR
CBI has registered a FIR which has names of 15 bank officials, 24 individuals and companies including 
C Sivasankaran, Syndicate Bank MDirector and CEO Melwyn Rego and Kishor Kharat MD and CEO of 
Indian Bank



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