Simbhaoli Sugars bank fraud: Amit Shah says Congress 'looting farmers' after CBI names Amarinder Singh's son-in-law

BJP president Amit Shah slammed the Congress for 'looting farmers' after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) named Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh's son-in-law Gurpal Singh in Simbhaoli Sugars Ltd bank fraud case, media reports said. Shah even shared a tweet the Congress had deleted on the scam  and shared the news story about the alleged bank fraud at Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) on the microblogging website.

According to NDTV, Gurpal is among 11 accused of causing a loss of Rs 109 crore to the Oriental Bank of Commerce in the case. Gurpal is one of the deputy directors of Simbhaoli Sugars and is married to the Punjab chief minister's daughter Jai Inder Kaur, the report said.

The CBI on Sunday registered a bank fraud case against a Uttar Pradesh-based private sugar company, its top officials along with unknown bank officials for allegedly causing loss of Rs 109 crore to Oriental Bank of Commerce, officials said.

According to CBI officials, the Hapur-based Simbhaoli Sugars Ltd in 2011 fraudulently diverted funds received as loans for sugarcane farmers and self-help groups. CBI also conducted searches at offices of the company and residences of its officials at eight places, including one location each in Hapur and Noida, and six locations in Delhi.

File image of BJP president Amit Shah. PTI

File image of BJP president Amit Shah. PTI

"Searches are being conducted at eight premises including residences of Directors, factory, corporate office and registered office of the company in Delhi, Hapur and Noida," CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal told IANS.

Earlier on Sunday, Shah had attacked the Congress over its treatment to farmers. In Bidar, Shah had said that under the Congress, over 3,000 farmers across the state have committed suicide but the chief minister was busy in "politics of appeasement".  Shah, who is on a three-day visit to Karnataka, had interacted with sugarcane farmers on Sunday.

"In Siddaramaiah's tenure, about 3,781 farmers across Karnataka have committed suicide but he is busy in politics of appeasement. I have not seen a government as irresponsible and insensitive as this," he later said in a tweet.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Feb 26, 2018 18:44:26 IST

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