PNB ghotala | PNB scam: Nirav Modi’s sister sent Rs 17.25 crore from UK bank account to Indian govt, PNB scam: Nirav Modi’s sister sent Rs 17.25 crore from UK bank account to Indian government
Main accused in PNB scam
- Nirav Modi’s sister sent $ 23,16,889.03 from UK bank account to Indian government bank account.
- She is an accused in a loan fraud case of Rs 13,000 crore from PNB.
- The main accused in this case are Nirav Modi and his maternal uncle Mehul Choksi.
New Delhi : The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday said that the sister of fugitive businessman Nirav Modi has sent more than Rs 17 crore from a UK bank account to the Indian government. It is noteworthy that Nirav’s sister was exempted from criminal proceedings for cooperating with the prosecution in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) loan fraud case of Rs 13,000 crore.
Purvi Modi alias Purvi Mehta (47) and her husband Mayank Mehta were granted pardon by a special PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) court in Mumbai in January on the condition that they make full and correct disclosures and cooperate with the agency in the investigation. Poorvi and her husband are British citizens and have never been involved in the investigation.
The ED said in a statement that on June 24, Purvi Modi informed the Enforcement Directorate that he came to know of a bank account in his name in London, UK, which was opened at the behest of his brother Nirav Modi and that the money was his was not. The statement said that since Purvi Modi was granted an apology on the terms of full and correct disclosure, he remitted $23,16,889.03 from a UK bank account to the Government of India, Enforcement Directorate bank account. According to the statement, with this cooperation of East Modi, the Enforcement Directorate has been able to get back about Rs 17.25 crore ($ 23,16,889.03).
According to the agency, Purvi Modi had assured the ED that he would help the agency in attaching assets worth Rs 579 crore, including flats in New York and London and deposits in Swiss banks. The ED had issued an Interpol arrest warrant against Purvi in 2018 and filed two chargesheets under criminal provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). In these, Purvi and her husband were made accused in the bank loan fraud case. In his plea in the court for apology, Purvi Modi had said that he is not the main accused and the probe agency has only spoken of his limited role. Purvi had said that she was fully cooperating with the ED in this investigation by providing all the necessary information and documents.
Nirav Modi and his maternal uncle Mehul Choksi along with some other accused are being investigated as prime accused in the Punjab National Bank fraud of over $2 billion (Rs 13,000 crore). Nirav Modi (50) is currently in a UK jail and his plea for extradition to India has been rejected.
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