Image Source : PTI Yes Bank founder Rana Kapoor
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested Yes Bank’s former Chairman Rana Kapoor in an alleged money-laundering case pertaining to the probe in a HDIL group firm, official sources mentioned on Wednesday. Currently in jail within the DHFL case, Kapoor – who has been despatched to ED custody until January 30 – had allegedly sanctioned a Rs 200 crore mortgage to Mack Star Marketing Pvt Ltd, a bunch firm of the HDIL promoters Rakesh Wadhawan and Sarang Wadhawan.
The Wadhawans are charged with duping the Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative Bank of round Rs 6,000 crore – a rip-off that erupted in September 2019, shaking banking and company circles.
In the newest case, Kapoor allegedly conspired to sanction the Rs 200 crore mortgage to Mack Star that was diverted to HDIL which used it to repay its excellent with Yes Bank.
The ED claimed that the intention was to siphon off the mortgage quantities and provides a lifeline to HDIL’s group corporations to settle their excellent with Yes Bank to forestall them from change into NPAs.
This is the second time Kapoor has been arrested in lower than 10 months. Days earlier than the pandemic lockdown in final March, he was nabbed by ED for alleged kickbacks in opposition to sanctioning loans to corporations of the DHFL and stays in jail until now.
HDIL’s Rakesh Wadhawan and Sarang Wadhawan, who’re additionally prime accused within the PMC Bank rip-off, held a stake in Mack Star which is underneath the ED scanner for the Rs 200 crore mortgage given by Yes Bank for renovating its premises.
In that case, with its tentacles spreading to the Viva Group of Palghar, the ED had arrested Mehul Thakur and one other director Madan Chaturvedi, who’re additionally in its custody until January 30.
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