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ED files prosecution complaint against former Maharashtra MLA in bank fraud case

News Agencies | Updated on: 13 August 2021, 8:12 IST

Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a Prosecution Complaint against former Maharashtra MLA Vivekanand Shankar Patil and Karnala Nagari Sahakari Bank Limited in Panvel on Thursday.

Vivekanand Shankar Patil has been a four-time MLA and also Ex-Chairman of Karnala Nagari Sahakari Bank Limited, Panvel.

According to a press statement, ED initiated the investigation on the basis of FIR registered by the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of Mumbai Police in the year 2019. The fraud came to light after an audit was done at the instance of Reserve Bank in the year 2019-20 when it was revealed that Patil was siphoning off funds from the bank through 63 fictitious loan accounts to the loan accounts of Karnala Charitable Trust and Karnala Sports Academy, which were founded and controlled by Vivekanand Patil.

The fraud was going on since 2008. It was found that the management of the bank was under the control of Vivekanand Patil. ED arrested him on June 15, this year.

During the Money laundering investigation, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA) revealed that the defrauded amount was to the tune of approximately Rs 560 crores including interest in respect of 67 fictitious accounts.

"To hide the siphoning, the available funds were routed to these fictitious accounts and from these accounts to the several bank accounts of entities founded/ controlled by Patil. These funds were utilized by Karnala Charitable Trust, Karnala Sports Academy etc. for the construction of properties such as Sports Complex, College and Schools and for other personal gains, thereby using the proceeds of crime and projecting the same as un-tainted in contravention of the offence of money laundering," stated the ED.

Further investigation is in progress.


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First published: 13 August 2021, 8:12 IST