Chanda Kochhar gets bail in money laundering case, told to not leave country

Former ICICI managing director Chanda Kochhar has been granted bail on a surety of 5 lakh in reference to the cash laundering case wherein she is an accused. She has additionally been advised to not go away the nation with out the court docket’s permission.

On Friday, Kochhar appeared at a Mumbai earlier than a particular PMLA court docket in response to the summons issued to her on January 30. After she filed a bail software on Friday, the court docket requested the enforcement directorate to answer the bail plea.

The cash laundering prices towards Chanda Kochhar and her husband Deepak Kochhar goes again to 2017 when the CBI had initiated an inquiry towards the couple after a whistleblower alleged that ICICI Financial institution had sanctioned credit score facility of about 3,250 crores to numerous entities in contravention to the principles and insurance policies.

ED had, on November 3, 2020, filed a grievance towards the Kochhars.

In its first data report (FIR) registered in January 2020, CBI alleged that six high-value loans value RS 1,875 crore got by ICICI Financial institution to Videocon group firms between 2009 and 2011. It was alleged that in 2009, credit score facility to Videocon was prolonged in contravention of guidelines and coverage by the sanctioning committee. At the moment Kochhar was one of many members of the committee.

Additional, a mortgage of 300 crore was disbursed to M/s Videocon Worldwide Electronics Restricted, a Videocon Group Firm on September 7, 2009. It’s alleged that an quantity of 64 crore —out of the mortgage quantity was transferred to M/s NuPower Renewables Pvt Ltd by Videocon Industries Restricted (VIL) on September 8, 2009.

ED, which investigated the allegations, claimed that VIL transferred the cash to NuPower Renewable Pvt Ltd (NRL) via Supreme Vitality Personal Restricted (SEPL), which was later acquired by Pinnacle Vitality, a household belief of Deepak Kochhar. The company claimed that NRL was owned managed and managed by him.

“The mortgage funds travelled from VIL to NRL via SEPL, however two middleman firms had been introduced in, for goal of layering. The proceeds of the crime of 64 crore, obtained by NRL, had been utilised for buy of properties,” ED has claimed.

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