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ED registers case in Simbhaoli Sugars mill loan fraud case

According to CBI officials, Oriental Bank of Commerce had sanctioned a loan amounting to Rs 148.60 crore in 2011 to the private company, which was diverted for personal use.

business Updated: Mar 01, 2018 13:47 IST
Indo Asian News Service, New Delhi
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A view of a sugar mill owned by Simbhaoli Sugars.(AFP Photo)

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) said on Thursday it has registered a case against Simbhaoli Sugars’ chairman Gurmit Singh Mann and others in connection with a Rs 109-crore loan default case.

The case is registered against Mann, Simbhaoli Sugars’ CEO G S C Rao, CFO Sanjay Tapriya, executive director Gursimran Kaur Mann, and other company officials, said ED, which fights financial crime.

Some more bank officials in connection with the alleged bank fraud involving the company and the Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) were also booked for money laundering.

An ED official said the agency had carried out searches on Wednesday in Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur and Ghaziabad, where they recovered some incriminating documents during the searches.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), earlier on February 22, had booked Gurpal Singh, son-in-law of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, and 12 others including Mann, Rao, Tapriya, executive director Gursimran Kaur Mann and other company officials along with some bank officials in connection with the same bank fraud.

According to CBI officials, the bank sanctioned a loan amounting to Rs 148.60 crore in 2011 to the private company for financing individual, joint liability groups, self-help groups under the tie-up arrangement of the RBI Scheme to 5,762 sugarcane farmers supplying produce to said private company during the period from January 25 to March 13, 2012.

It has been alleged that the company had diverted funds for personal use. The account turned Non Performing Asset (NPA) on March 31, 2015 and was later declared as alleged fraud by the bank to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on May 13, 2015 for an amount of Rs 97.85 crore.

It was further alleged that in addition to the existing NPA as on March 31, 2015, the bank, under multiple banking arrangements, had sanctioned another corporate loan of Rs 110 crore to the sugar company on January 28, 2015, to pay its outstanding loan of Rs 97.85 crore, and adjusted the total liability of Rs 112.9 crore of said private company on June 30, 2016 by way of deposit of this new corporate loan.

The corporate loan, too turned into an NPA on November 29, 2016, thus resulting in its first outstanding loan of Rs 97.85 crore (as alleged fraud) and the corporate loan of Rs 109.08 crore (as fresh outstanding).

First Published: Mar 01, 2018 13:47 IST