The CBI has registered a preliminary inquiry against Deepak Kochhar, husband of ICICI bank MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar, officials of the Videocon group and others to determine whether any wrongdoing was involved in the sanctioning of a Rs 3,250 crore loan to the Videocon Group by the ICICI Bank Ltd as part of a consortium of banks in 2012.
CBI sources said that Chanda Kochhar, against whom conflict of interest questions have been raised, has not been named in the preliminary inquiry as of now.
They said that Deepak Kochhar will soon be called for questioning along with some bank officials. These officials are also likely to include from the banks which were part of the consortium that lent money to the Videocon group.
The CBI action comes in the wake of the news reports raising questions about Videocon Chairman Venugopal Dhoot allegedly providing crores of rupees to a firm promoted by Deepak Kochhar and two relatives six months after his group got the Rs 3,250 crore loan from ICICI Bank.
The said amount was part of a loan of Rs 40,000 crores which Videocon received from a consortium of 20 banks led by State Bank of India (SBI).
A preliminary inquiry is conducted to determine if there is enough evidence of wrongdoing for a case to be taken up for detailed investigation. If sufficient evidence suggests that a cognisable offence has been committed, then it is converted into a regular case or First Information Report (FIR).
The source said that the agency has collected documents related to the loan given to Videocon group in 2012.