The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has booked former CEO of ICICI Bank Chanda Kochhar and her husband Deepak Kochhar for alleged cheating and corruption in clearing six loans worth Rs 1,875 crore to the Videocon group during her tenure.
After registering an FIR Wednesday night, the Central Bureau of Investigation teams swooped down at four locations - offices of Videocon in Mumbai and Aurangabad, Nupower Renewables and Supreme Energy in Nariman point in Mumbai, officials said on Thursday.
"Existing outstanding in the accounts of these private group companies were adjusted in Rupee Term Loan of Rs 1,730 crore sanctioned by the ICICI Bank under refinance of domestic debt under consortium arrangement on April 26, 2012," CBI spokesperson Nitin Wakankar said.
Here are the top points:
- Managing Director of Videocon group Venugopal Dhoot, his companies Videocon International Electronics Ltd (VIEL) and Videocon Industries Limited (VIL), a company, Supreme Energy, founded by him and a company controlled by Deepak Kochhar, Nupower Renewables have also been made accused in the CBI FIR, officials said.
- The agency has levelled Indian Penal Code sections related to criminal conspiracy, cheating and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act on all the accused.
- It is alleged that Dhoot had invested in Deepak Kochhar's company Nupower through his firm Supreme Energy a quid pro quo to loans cleared by the ICICI Bank after Chanda Kochhar took over as the CEO of the bank on May 1, 2009.
- The ownership of Nupower and Supreme Energy changed hands through a complex web of shared transactions between Deepak Kochhar and Dhoot, it alleged.
- The CBI probe into the matter began nearly 13 months ago in the form of a preliminary enquiry, which it registered on a complaint that Dhoot had allegedly paid Rs 64 crore to Deepak Kochhar in the form of investment in his company Nupower in return for loans worth Rs 3,250 crore cleared by Chanda Kochhar.
- A preliminary enquiry is the first step before registering a regular case during which the agency pinpoints formal allegations which could be included in the FIR.During the preliminary enquiry, the CBI found six loans worth Rs 1,875 crore were sanctioned to the Videocon group and companies associated with it between June, 2009 and October, 2011 in alleged violation of laid-down policies of the ICICI bank, which have now become part of the probe.
- The loans were declared non-performing assets in 2012 causing a loss of Rs 1,730 crore to the bank, it alleged.
- The CBI wants to investigate role of some top names in Indian banking industry in connection with clearing these loans, the FIR states.
- Present CEO of ICICI bank Sandeep Bakshi, Chairman of Goldman Sachs Sonjoy Chatterjee, CEO Standard Chartered Bank Zarin Daruwala, Managing Director & CEO Tata Capital Rajiv Sabharwal, Chairman, New Development Bank K V Kamath and Senior Advisor Tata Capital Homi Khusrokhan were part of committees which cleared the loans and need to be investigated, it said.
- In two cases, Chanda Kochhar was one of the members of the sanctioning committee -- Rs 300 crore to Videocon International Electronics VIEL on August 26, 2009 and Rs 750 crore to VIL on October 31, 2011, it said.
The CBI has alleged Rs 300 crore loan was disbursed on September 7, 2009 and the next day Dhoot transferred Rs 64 crore to Nupower Renewables Ltd, through Supreme Energy founded by him.
The amount was transferred through a "circuitous route" using company Supreme Energy Limited the ownership was also changed hands to a trust run by Deepak Kochhar, the CBI alleged.
In addition to loans to VIL and VIEL, four other loans were issued to Millenium Appliances, Sky Appliances, Techno Electronics and Applicomp India to repay the unsecured loan availed by these companies from VIL, the FIR alleged.
(With PTI inputs)