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Assets worth Rs 18,170 crore of Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi attached; 80% losses recovered: ED

ED has attached assets worth of Rs 18,170.02 crore in case of Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi under the PMLA. The agency has also transferred a part of attached assets to the PSBs and Centre.

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New Delhi Updated on: June 23, 2021 13:13 IST
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Assets worth Rs 18,170 crore of Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi attached; 80% losses recovered: ED,

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has said that it had transferred a part of the attached or seized assets in cases related to fugitive billionaires Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, to state-run banks and the Centre. Of the Rs 18,170.02 crore worth of assets seized, the ED said it has transferred Rs 9,371.17 crore to the government and public sector banks (PSBs).

"ED not only attached/ seized assets worth of Rs 18,170.02 crore (80.45 percent of total loss to banks) in case of Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi under the PMLA but also transferred a part of attached/ seized assets of Rs 9,371.17 Crore to the PSBs and Central Government," the ED said in a tweet.

As sequel to FIR by CBI, the Directorate of Enforcement has taken swift action by unearthing  myriad web of domestic and international transactions  and stashing of assets abroad. Investigation has also irrevocably proved that these three accused persons used dummy entities controlled by them for rotation and siphoning off the funds provided by the banks.

The ED has also taken immediate steps to attach/seize assets worth Rs. 18,170.02 crore  which included assets worth of Rs. 969 crore located in foreign countries. The quantum of  the attached and seized assets represents 80.45% of total bank loss of Rs. 22,585.83 Crore. 

The investigation by the ED has proved that substantial part of these assets were held in the names of dummy entities/ trusts/ third persons/ relatives of these accused and these entities were proxy of these accused to hold these assets. 

Prosecution Complaints have been filed against all the three accused after completion of  PMLA investigation. Extradition requests have been sent for these persons to UK and Antigua and Barbuda.

The extradition of Vijay Mallya has been ordered by the Westminster Magistrates Court and confirmed by the UK High Court. Since, Vijay Mallya has been denied  permission to file appeal in the UK Supreme Court, his extradition to India has become final.

The Westminster Magistrates Court has ordered extradition of Nirav Modi to India. It is  pertinent to mention here that Nirav Modi has been in London Jail for last two years and three months on the basis of extradition request by India. Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya have also been declared Fugitive Economic Offenders by PMLA Court in Mumbai. 

Recently, the ED has transferred shares attached by it (worth of Rs. 6,600 crore approx.) to SBI led consortium as per order of PMLA Special Court, Mumbai. Today, DRT on behalf of  SBI led consortium, has sold shares of United Breweries Limited for Rs 5824.50 Crore.Further realisation of Rs 800 Crore by sale of shares is expected by 25th of June.

It is pertinent to mention here that due to the cooperation and help extended by ED, Public Sector Banks have already recovered Rs 1357 Crore by selling the shares earlier. Thus, the banks shall be realising total amount of Rs 9041.5 Crore through sale of a part of assets attached/seized by ED under the provisions of PMLA. 

As on date, out of total attached/ seized assets of Rs 18,170.02 crore under provisions of PMLA, assets worth of Rs 329.67 crore has been confiscated and assets worth Rs 9041.5 Crore, representing 40% of total loss to the bank have been handed over to the Public Sector banks.

The debts recovery tribunal (DRT) has sold shares worth over Rs 5,800 crore of United Breweries Limited (UBL) that were earlier attached under the anti-money laundering law as part of an alleged bank fraud probe against fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya, the Enforcement Directorate said on Wednesday.

Further realisation of Rs 800 crore by sale of shares is expected by June 25, the central probe agency said in a statement.

Recently, it said, the agency had transferred shares attached by it (worth about Rs 6,600 crore) to the SBI-led consortium as per order of the special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) Mumbai.

 
"Today, DRT on behalf of SBI-led consortium, has sold shares of United Breweries Limited for Rs 5824. 50 crore," the ED said.

Mallya, 65, has lost the case against his extradition to India and he has "been denied permission to file appeal in the UK Supreme Court."

"His extradition to India has become final," the ED said. 

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