CBI arrests Venugopal Dhoot, Videocon Chairman in loan fraud case
New Delhi, December 26, 2022
In the latest development in the loan fraud case involving former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar and her husband Deepak Kochhar, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday arrested Venugopal Dhoot, Chairman Videocon group.
Dhoot was placed under arrest following the questioning of Kochhars. His arrest was made in Mumbai.
The CBI will produce him before a Special CBI court in Mumbai later in the day. The agency will seek his custodial remand.
"It was alleged that the ICICI Bank Ltd sanctioned credit facilities of about Rs 3,250 crore to Trend Electronics Ltd, Century Appliances Ltd, Kail Ltd, Value Industries Ltd and Evan Fraser & Co India Ltd, all companies belonging to Videocon Group promoted by Venugopal Dhoot.
"The officials of ICICI Bank Ltd. sanctioned credit facilities to these companies in violation of Banking Regulation Act, RBI Guidelines and Credit Policy of the bank," read the FIR accessed by IANS.
There were allegations that Dhoot made an investment of Rs 64 crore in Nupower Renewables Ltd (NRL) through Supreme Energy Pvt. Ltd. (SEPL) and also transferred SEPL to Pinnacle Energy Trust managed by Deepak Kochhar through a circuitous route. It was done between 2010 and 2012.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested Chanda Kochhar and Deepak Kochhar on Saturday.