CBI slaps fresh charges against DHFL’s Wadhawans in ₹34,000 crore cheating case

A CBI team of 50 officials carried out coordinated searches in Mumbai at 12 locations belonging to listed accused, which also includes Sudhakar Shetty of Amaryllis Realtors

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Yogi government claims that the “dubious” decision of transferring massive EPF funds to Dewan Housing Finance Limited or DHFL, was taken by Akhilesh government in April 2014 and the process of investment continued till 2016. Photo: Twitter

Promoters of realty group DHFL, Kapil Wadhawan and Dheeraj Wadhawan, are in fresh trouble as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday (June 22) filed a new case against the duo for cheating a consortium of 17 banks of ₹34,615 crore.

Following the registration of case, a team of over 50 officials from the agency carried out coordinated searches in Mumbai at 12 locations belonging to listed accused in the FIR which also includes Sudhakar Shetty of Amaryllis Realtors and eight other builders.

The bank has alleged that the company had availed credit facility to the tune of ₹42,871 crore between 2010 and 2018 from the consortium under various arrangements but started defaulting on commitments of repayment from May, 2019 onwards, the officials said.

The accounts were declared non-performing assets at different points of time by lender banks, they said. When DHFL was hit by investigation in January 2019 after media reports on allegations of fraud by diversion of funds, round tripping and siphoning of funds surfaced, the lenders held a meeting on February 1, 2019.

The members appointed KPMG to conduct a special review audit of DHFL from April 1, 2015 to December 31, 2018.

The banks moved to get a Look Out Cirular issued against Kapil and Dheeraj Wadhawan on October 18, 2019 to prevent them from leaving the country, they said.

The bank has alleged that KPMG in its audit red flagged diversion of funds in the garb of loans and advances to related and interconnected entities and individuals.

The report found that 66 entities having commonalities with DHFL promoters were disbursed Rs 29,100.33 crore against which ₹29,849 crore remained outstanding.

“Most of the transactions of such entities and individuals were in the nature of investments in land and properties,” the bank alleged.

The audit indicated significant financial irregularities, diversion of funds, fabrication of books, round tripping of funds to created assets for Kapil and Dheeraj Wadhawan.

(With inputs from agencies)

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