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2015 Bank of Baroda loan fraud case: ED files charge sheet against 14 people

ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar
Sep 23, 2021 09:51 PM IST

The ED charge sheet of 2015 Bank of Baroda loan fraud case says the accused invested the loan amount to purchase new properties and repay their previous loans

The enforcement directorate (ED) on Wednesday filed a charge sheet against 14 people, including prime accused Vikram Seth and seven members of his family, in the 24-crore Bank of Baroda loan fraud case registered in 2015 in Chandigarh, at a special PMLA court, Mohali. The next date of hearing has been fixed for October 14.

The enforcement directorate (ED) has named prime accused Vikram Seth and seven members of his family in the charge sheet related to 2015 Bank of Baroda loan fraud case. (HT FIle)
The enforcement directorate (ED) has named prime accused Vikram Seth and seven members of his family in the charge sheet related to 2015 Bank of Baroda loan fraud case. (HT FIle)

The ED has charged the accused for money laundering. The charge sheet says the accused invested the loan amount to purchase new properties and repay their previous loans. A top ED official said the agency was still probing the role of more private people as the proceeds of the crime are increasing.

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In July 26, 2021, the ED had arrested Vikram Seth from Phagwara and he is currently in judicial custody. The ED had taken over the probe after the CBI registered an FIR against Vikram Seth and his family members under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) at its zonal office in Jalandhar.

The ED said the CBI investigations revealed that Seth, in connivance with other accused and officials of Bank of Baroda, fraudulently got sanctioned 19 loans totalling 24 crore and the money was routed through various accounts of associated firms. In May 2020, the ED had attached 42 immovable and seven movable properties worth 18.5 crore belonging to the Seth family in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.

The attached assets consisted of 20 residential plots, six industrial plots, one house, three tracts of agricultural land, two brick kilns and 10 commercial plots located in Phagwara and Banga of Punjab, and Una district of Himachal Pradesh. The seven movable assets attached included three luxury vehicles worth 33 lakh.

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