Bank loan fraud: ED attaches 67 windmills of Chennai company

PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 02-08-2022 16:19 IST | Created: 02-08-2022 15:56 IST
Bank loan fraud: ED attaches 67 windmills of Chennai company
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The Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday said it has attached 67 windmills worth more than Rs 51 crore as part of a money laundering investigation against the Chennai-based Surana Group linked to an alleged Rs 3,986 crore bank loan fraud.

The federal agency issued a provisional order under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act to attach the windmills.

The action was taken after it was found ''that 67 windmills of Surana Group, which were being auctioned by banks to recover their dues, were again purchased in the name of one benami company.'' The windmills and the land they are located on are worth a total of Rs 51.69 crore, the agency said in a statement.

It, however, did not say where these windmills are located.

Another set of immovable properties valued at Rs 61.63 crore of Ramlal Jain, who ''amalgamated'' the proceeds of crime into his regular business, were also attached as part of the same order, it said.

The total value of attachment of properties as part of this order stands at Rs 113.32 crore, it said.

The ED, last month, had arrested four people in this case including two promoters of Surana Group and two alleged shell company directors.

They included Dinesh Chand Surana and Vijay Raj Surana, both managing directors cum promoters of Surana Industries Limited, Surana Power Ltd, and Surana Corporation Ltd, and P Anand and I Prabhakaran, dummy directors of shell companies.

They are in judicial custody at present.

The money laundering probe stems from three CBI FIRs filed against the accused in 2020 that alleged that these three companies, along with their promoters, directors, and unknown individuals indulged in misappropriation and criminal breach of trust, manipulation of books of accounts through fictitious entities, and routing of funds through shell (dummy) companies.

The CBI complaint charged that the accused siphoned off funds from the company's accounts for their gains causing a loss to the tune of Rs 3,986 crore to public sector banks.

The Surana Group is into the manufacturing and selling of gold jewelry.

The ED alleged the accused ''created a web of shell companies and the dummy directors of these shell companies were either the relatives/persons from ancestral village of Surana family or the employees of Surana Group of Companies.'' ''The transactions of the three main group companies were routed through those dummy/shell companies and thereafter the monies were siphoned off to other purposes including purchasing properties through layering and also obtained benami properties in the name of those shell companies,'' the agency alleged.

Surana Group of Companies/promoters incorporated several companies in the Cayman Islands as well as the British Virgin Islands in the name of ''dummy'' directors and siphoned off money to park in those companies through four ''dummy'' companies located in Singapore, it said.

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