PMC Bank scam: Economic offences wing arrests former MD Joy Thomas in connection with alleged Rs 4,355 cr scam
The Mumbai Police arrested Punjab Maharashtra Co-operative Bank's former managing director Joy Thomas on Friday
Joy Thomas was summoned to the EOW office at the city police headquarters and arrested after questioning
He was arrested by the Economic Offences Wing in connection with the alleged Rs 4,355 crore scam at the PMC Bank
Meanwhile, HDIL chairman and managing director Rakesh Wadhawan and his son Sarang were on Friday sent to police custody till 9 October
The Mumbai Police arrested Punjab Maharashtra Co-operative Bank's former managing director Joy Thomas on Friday. He was arrested by the Economic Offences Wing in connection with the alleged Rs 4,355 crore scam at the PMC Bank.
Thomas was summoned to the EOW office at the city police headquarters and arrested after questioning, a police official said.
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Meanwhile, HDIL chairman and managing director Rakesh Wadhawan and his son Sarang were on Friday sent to police custody till 9 October.
They were arrested by the special investigation team (SIT) of the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Mumbai Police on Thursday and produced before a local court on Friday.
EOW had registered an FIR on Monday against senior officials of HDIL and the PMC Bank for allegedly causing losses to the tune of Rs 4,355.43 crore to the bank.
Property of Rs 3,500 crore belonging to the company was seized by the EOW during the investigation, he said.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has also initiated an investigation by registering a case of money laundering, another official said.
The ED on Friday raided six locations in Mumbai and adjoining areas and registered a money-laundering case to probe alleged fraud in the Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank case, he said.
They said the raids were being conducted after a criminal complaint was filed under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) by the central agency.
The Enforcement Directorate case is based on an FIR filed by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Mumbai police.
The raids are aimed at gathering additional evidence, ED sources said.
The ED and Mumbai Police case is against former bank management and promoters of the Housing Development Infrastructure Limited (HDIL).
Based on a complaint by an RBI-appointed administrator, the police complaint was filed earlier this week on charges of forgery, cheating and criminal conspiracy against the officials.
The bank's former chairman Waryam Singh, managing director Joy Thomas and other senior officials, along with HDIL director Rakesh Wadhawan have been named in the police FIR, now taken cognisance by the ED.
Describing the modus operandi of the alleged irregularities, the police FIR had said HDIL promoters allegedly colluded with the bank management, to draw loans from its Bhandup branch.
ED, sources said, is also looking for evidence for the alleged tainted assets of the accused so that they can be attached under the PMLA.
Despite non-payment, the bank officials did not classify the loans as non-performing advances and intentionally hid the information about it from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the police said.
They also created fictitious accounts of companies which borrowed small sums of money and created fake reports of the bank to hide from the regulatory supervision, it said.
The police FIR has been filed under sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by a public servant or banker), 420 (cheating), and 465, 466 and 471 (related to forgery) of the Indian Penal Code along with 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy).
The bank, which has 137 branches and over Rs 11,000 crore in deposits, has been put under restrictions since last week after the RBI discovered certain financial irregularities in the functioning of the multi-state lender.
According to sources, the overall exposure of the bank to the financially stressed HDIL group is around Rs 6,500 crore or over 73 percent of the advances, and all of it is not being serviced.
(With PTI inputs)
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