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PNB MD & CEO Sunil Mehta appears before SFIO

The SFIO had also issued summons to senior officials from Axis Bank and ICICI Bank in connection with their banks’ exposure to the PNB fraud.

business Updated: Mar 07, 2018 12:01 IST
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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State-owned Punjab National Bank is at the centre of a Rs 12,636 crore fraud.(Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

Punjab National Bank managaing director and CEO, Sunil Mehta, appeared before the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) on Wednesday morning after being summoned for recording his statement in connection with the Rs 12,636 crore fraud at the bank.

Officials from Axis Bank and ICICI Bank had also appeared before SFIO, which is the investigating arm of the ministry of corporate affairs on Tuesday.

SFIO is also expected to call officials of nearly 31 banks which have an exposure to the companies of diamond traders Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi.

It is alleged that the duo got LoUs and FLCs of Rs 12,636 crore issued in favour of foreign branches of Indian banks based on fraudulent claims. The transactions were carried out from PNB’s Brady House branch in Mumbai.

CBI has so far arrested over a dozen persons, including former and current officials of PNB and companies related to Modi and Choksi.

First Published: Mar 07, 2018 11:59 IST