Published On: Sun, Mar 8th, 2020
Top News | ByIANS

‘Rana Kapoor, wife, daughters floated shell cos to get kickbacks’

Mumbai: Even as a Mumbai court sent Yes bank founder Rana Kapoor to the Enforcement Directorate custody till March 11, agency officials claimed that the former MD and CEO and his family members allegedly set up over 20 shell companies to receive kickbacks.

An ED official said that the probe revealed that funds diverted by the DHFL originated from Yes Bank

Kapoor was arrested by the ED officials on Sunday morning after over 30 hours of questioning in connection with a probe into money laundering case involving Dewan Housing Finance Limited (DHFL).

A senior ED official on requesting anonymity told IANS: “Kapoor and his family members, including his wife Bindu and three daughters, had set up more than 20 shell companies that were allegedly used to receive kickbacks.”

He said the money received through kickbacks was used to invest in properties.

The official also claimed that the shell companies allegedly received kickbacks from the corporate entities, who were bank customers and had taken loans.

Kapoor has been booked under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and other offences days after the Yes Bank crisis erupted.

A co-founder of Yes Bank in 2003-2004, Kapoor later became its MD and CEO, but the banking mogul was forced to exit it in September, 2018.

As part of the probe, ED sleuths raided Kapoor’s home in Samudra Mahal residence Worli on Friday night.

The ED on Saturday also carried out searches at the residence of Kapoor’s three daughters in Mumbai and New Delhi.

The three daughters — Rakhee Kapoor Tandon, Roshni Kapoor and Radha Kapoor, were the alleged beneficiaries of the scam.

The ED suspects that Kapoor and two of his daughters, who are directors with Doit Urban Ventures, allegedly received kickbacks from DHFL.

This amount of Rs 4,450 crore is part of the Rs 13,000 crore allegedly siphoned by DHFL through 80 dummy companies, with Doit Urban Ventures being one of them.

The ED official said during searches, a lot of incriminating documents were found and that the agency grilled Kapoor on his links with DHFL promoters and other companies.

Kapoor’s alleged role in the disbursal of loan to a corporate entity and kickbacks reportedly received in his wife’s bank account were also under probe.

The ED registered a money laundering case against Kapoor as a continuation of its probe involving DHFL wherein it was allegedly that Rs 12,500 crore was diverted to 80 shell companies using one lakh fake borrowers. The transactions with these shell companies were said to date back to 2015.

An ED official said that the probe revealed that funds diverted by the DHFL originated from Yes Bank.

The ED has accused Kapil and Dheeraj Wadhawan of DHFL of purchasing shares in five firms — Faith Realtors, Marvel Township, Abe Realty, Poseidon Realty, and Random Realtors — after which they were amalgamated with Sunblink.

The outstanding loans of these five firms, totalling around Rs 2,186 crore till July 2019, were allegedly appropriated on to the books of Sunblink to cover up the diversion of loans acquired from DHFL.

The ED’s action comes after the RBI superseded Yes Bank Board for 30 days and appointed an administrator, putting a cap of Rs 50,000 on withdrawal by account holders for a month.

The RBI said that the bank’s board was superseded “owing to serious deterioration in the financial position of the bank”.

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