PMLA case: No coercive action against Chanda Kochhar, ED assures SC

The ED has recently filed a charge sheet against Chanda Kochhar, Deepak Kochhar and Videocon Group promoter Venugopal Dhoot on money laundering charges

Chanda Kochhar
In her appeal, Kochhar argued that she had resigned in 2019 but the bank changed it into a termination, which she contended was 'illegal'. | File photo: PTI

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has assured the Supreme Court that it would not take any coercive action against former ICICI Bank CEO and MD Chanda Kochhar in a money laundering case.

A bench headed by Justice SK Kaul was informed on Friday (November 20) by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that the agency would not take any coercive step in pursuance of the Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) registered in ICICI Bank-Videocon Group loan case.

The bench, also comprising Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and Hrishikesh Roy, said it would hear later the two other petitions filed by Chanda Kochhar challenging the arrest of her husband Deepak Kochhar in the case.

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The ED has recently filed a charge sheet against Kochhar, Deepak Kochhar and Videocon Group promoter Venugopal Dhoot on money laundering charges.

Kochhars, Dhoot and others have denied the allegations, official sources had said earlier, according to PTI.

They had said the charge sheet or the prosecution complaint has been filed under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) before a special court in Mumbai.

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The central probe agency had arrested Deepak Kochhar in September after it filed a criminal case of money laundering after studying an FIR registered by the CBI against the Kochhars, Dhoot and others.

It has slapped money laundering charges against the Kochhars and their business entities for “illegal sanctioning of loans amounting to ₹1,875Cr to the Videocon Group of companies”.

(With inputs from PTI)

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