This Article is From Oct 21, 2022

CBI Opposes Bail Plea Of Man In DHFL Scam, Says He Is "Very Influential"

CBI further stated that the accused's earlier bail plea was also dismissed and the court had observed while declining bail on account of the investigation into the present offence being intricate.

CBI Opposes Bail Plea Of Man In DHFL Scam, Says He Is 'Very Influential'

The businessman was arrested in the Rs 34,615 crore DHFL bank fraud case.

New Delhi:

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has opposed the regular bail petition of businessman Ajay Ramesh Nawandar, arrested in connection with an alleged bank fraud of Rs 34,615 crore by Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Limited (DHFL).

The CBI while opposing the bail petition through a reply stated, "The investigation revealed that the accused or applicant was found to be doing liasoning work with different entities or departments. He is a very influential person in Mumbai having connections with various persons. The investigation has also revealed that he was having conspicuous knowledge about costly valuables acquired by the accused Wadhawan brother from defrauded funds, a few of which could be recovered during the investigation."

CBI further stated that the accused's earlier bail plea was also dismissed and the court had observed while declining bail on account of the investigation into the present offence being intricate, the accused prima facie being complicit at some stage of the handling/diversion of the humongous funds originating from the loans, a strong likelihood of him tampering with evidence and influencing witnesses if admitted to bail.

"Analysis of data retrieved from the mobile set recovered during a search at his residential premises in Mumbai on 08/09.07.2022 has revealed receiving of Rs. 1.30 crores from Baba Dewan i.e. Dheeraj Wadhawan. It has also revealed that he was trying to sell said paintings," said the CBI.

Special Judge Vishal Gogne on Wednesday deferred the matter for November 1, 2022, for detailed arguments in the matter and also extended the interim bail till November 1, 2022.

Ajay R Nawandar is presently on interim bail on medical grounds.

"The court would observe that the documents on the record reflect that upon discharge of the accused on a surgical procedure being performed on September 17, 2022, he was further recommended for admission qua another surgical hemorrhoidectomy and spine surgery. The documents filed today procedure i.e. stapled indicate that the accused is presently admitted also on account of emergent breathlessness," Special Judge Vishal Gogne had said earlier.

Advocate Hemant Shah appeared for Ajay R Nawandar submitted that the applicant was arrested in the aforesaid matter on the premise that 2 paintings have been recovered from the premise of the applicant which belonged to the Promoters of DHFL however the Applicant had already stated earlier that the same did not belong to the Applicant and he was merely a custodian.

Advocate Shah also submitted that the applicant was never associated with DHFL or its erstwhile promoters and had no connection with them and none of the offences being investigated are made out against the applicant.

The lawyer also stated that none of the ingredients as registered by CBI are not even remotely made out against the applicant and prior to the arrest of the applicant, he has rendered full cooperation during the investigation. Without prejudice, it is suffice to mention that it is the case of the investigating agency that some recoveries have been affected at the instance of the applicant but not from him.

According to the CBI, during the searches at Nawandar's premises, it has recovered a large number of uber-luxury watches worth crores of rupees, including Rolex Oyster Perpetual, Cartier, Omega, and Hublot Michael Kors.

During the investigation, it was found that the promoters had allegedly diverted the funds and made investments in various entities. It was also alleged that the promoters had acquired expensive paintings and sculptures worth about Rs. 55 Crore (approx.) using the diverted funds, said CBI officials.

The Promoters of DHFL, Kapil Wadhawan, and Dheeraj Rajesh Wadhawan were also arrested by the CBI and are presently in Judicial custody.

A case was registered on a complaint from Union Bank of India, Industrial Finance Branch, Mumbai against private (Borrower) company based at Mumbai, its then CMD, then Director and others including a private person, private companies, unknown public servant(s) and private persons on the allegations that the accused cheated a consortium of 17 banks led by Union Bank of India to the tune of over Rs. 34,615 crore (approx.) by siphoning off loans availed from the banks and falsifying the books of said private (Borrower) company and creating Shell Companies or false entities, which had come to be known as "Bandra Book Entities".

It was alleged that the said private company and its promoters had created a number of shell companies and fictitious entities (the Bandra Book entities) and siphoned off huge funds by disbursing funds to such fictitious entities.

It was further alleged that separate audits conducted by other private audit accounting organisations had identified multiple instances of diversion of funds by the accused for personal benefits and falsification of books of accounts to camouflage and conceal dubious transactions.

The audits also identified several instances where large-value loans were provided to such fictitious entities without due diligence and without securities. Instances of sanction and disbursement of loans, merely by e-mail communications were allegedly found for which no loan files were maintained in the said private (Borrower) company.

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