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ED attaches Chennai jeweller’s Rs 234 crore asset for money laundering

News Agencies | Updated on: 3 July 2022, 9:11 IST
Enforcement Directorate

Enforcement Directorate (ED) attached immovable properties of M/s Sarvana Stores (Gold Palace) Chennai amounting to Rs 234.75 crore in relation to a money laundering case for defrauding Indian Bank.

ED initiated an investigation under the PMLA, 2002 based on the FIR dated April 25 registered by the CBI, EOW, Chennai.

ED had recorded the case on May 26 under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

It is alleged that late Pallakudurai, P Sujatha and YP Shiravan partners of M/s Saravana Stores (Gold Palace) with the criminal intention to cheat Indian Bank, T Nagar Branch, Chennai had conspired with unknown public servants and unknown others.

ED investigation revealed that M/s Saravana Store (Gold Palace) Chennai has applied for sanctioning of loan by fabricating Balance Sheet and projecting sound financial health of the firm.

According to the central agency, there is a huge mismatch between the sales reported and credit entries of the firm. The said firm has presented a cosmetic picture of expected turnover for upcoming financial years at the time of availing loan.

Further, in order to cheat Indian Bank, a significant wrongful loss and deriving personal gain, the firm in collusion with Property Valuer, Bank Officials, and certain private persons proposed to purchase assets at a price which is clearly much higher than the real fair market value. The investigation conducted by Enforcement Directorate under the PMLA, 2002 has adequately established the ill motives of accused individuals and Bank officials from the inception.

Investigation revealed that the accused persons overstated the inventory, transferred the assets without the knowledge of the Bank, used the OCC limits to repay the term loan, misappropriated and diverted the funds for which it was not sanctioned, and committed other irregularities and thereby, the said accused persons and firms cheated the Bank and caused wrongful loss to the Bank and corresponding wrongful gain to themselves. The accused company has generated Proceeds of Crime amounting to Rs 240 crore out of criminal activities.

Further investigation is underway.


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First published: 3 July 2022, 9:11 IST