ED arrests Delhi-based businessman Gagan Dhawan for defrauding banks of Rs 5,000 crore

New Delhi: The ED on Wednesday arrested a businessman in New Delhi in connection with its money laundering probe in the over Rs 5,000 crore alleged bank fraud case involving a Gujarat-based pharma firm and few other hawala deals.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

Official sources said the central probe agency arrested Gagan Dhawan early on Wednesday from the national capital under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

They said Dhawan will be produced before a court for further custody.

Dhawan, they said, was on the radar of the agency for allegedly aiding bank loan frauds related to Sterling Biotech, the Vadodara-based company and few other similar alleged illegal transactions.

The firm and Dhawan are also being probed by the Enforcement Directorate for allegedly bribing senior income tax department officials as part of an earlier criminal complaint.

The agency had carried out searches against Dhawan and a former Congress MLA in Delhi in August.

The CBI had recently booked Sterling Biotech, its Directors Chetan Jayantilal Sandesara, Dipti Chetan Sandesara, Rajbhushan Omprakash Dixit, Nitin Jayantilal Sandesara and Vilas Joshi, Chartered Accountant Hemant Hathi, former Director Andhra Bank Anup Garg and other unidentified persons in connection with the alleged bank fraud case.

The CBI has alleged that the company had taken loans of over Rs 5,000 crore from a consortium led by Andhra Bank which have turned into non-performing assets.

The FIR has alleged that the total pending dues of the group companies were Rs 5,383 crore as on 31 December, 2016.


Updated Date: Nov 01, 2017 12:37 PM

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