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Union Bank says it has $45 million direct exposure to Nirav Modi, Gitanjali firms

Companies belonging to Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi have been accused by Punjab National Bank of defrauding the bank of over $2 billion

business Updated: Mar 09, 2018 15:33 IST
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Union Bank of India,Mehul Choksi,Nirav Modi
The latest Union Bank figures are separate from the $300 million exposure it had previously reported.(Reuters File Photo)

Union Bank of India has direct credit exposure of about Rs1.2 billion rupees ($18.4 million) to companies controlled by jeweller Nirav Modi, and another Rs 1.75 billion ($26.9 million) to Gitanjali group of companies, its chief executive told Reuters on Friday.

Companies belonging to Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, who heads the Gitanjali group, have been accused by Punjab National Bank of defrauding the bank of over $2 billion. The bank alleges firms controlled by the duo colluded with rogue PNB staff to secure fraudulent guarantees that were used to raise credit from overseas branches of Indian banks.

Both Modi and Choksi have denied wrongdoing, and so have two key accused PNB employees in the case, which has so far led to 19 people being arrested.

The latest Union Bank figures are separate from the $300 million exposure it had previously reported on account of the fraudulent PNB guarantees, said Rajkiran Rai, Chief Executive of state-run Union Bank.

This week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a new complaint against jeweller Modi alleging that companies he controlled had misused even legitimate loans and guarantees.

Lenders including Union Bank have recalled loans to Modi’s and Choksi’s firms after the news of the fraud, according to the authorities.

First Published: Mar 09, 2018 15:33 IST