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Vijay Mallya laundered over Rs1,300 crore through 13 shell companies: ED

LiveMint logoLiveMint 14-07-2017 PTI

Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate has said that liquor baron Vijay Mallya laundered over Rs1,300 crore through 13 shell companies in US, Ireland, Mauritius and France.

The agency has made this indictment against Mallya in its charge sheet filed on 14 June in the money laundering case involving a loan of about Rs900 crore from IDBI-KFA bank.

The charge sheet has indicted eight other persons too for their alleged roles in the case. The 57-page charge sheet or prosecution complaint, with voluminous annexures, was filed under various sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) before a special anti-money laundering court here.

The ED has also said that these shell companies had no actual activities and was fully controlled by Mallya with former employees of UB group being its directors. The agency said the only purpose of these companies were to either obtain loan or launder money. The agency also said Mallya has huge property in the US in the name of his daughters — Leana and Tanya.

The Enforcement Directorate had registered a criminal case in this deal last year under the PMLA and has attached assets worth over Rs9,600 crore till now. The total loan sanctioned and disbursed by the IDBI bank to KFA was Rs860.92 crore. The ED said its “money trail analysis revealed that out of the total loan of Rs860.92 crore, sanctioned and disbursed by IDBI, Rs423 crore has been remitted out of India. The said payments were shown to be made towards aircraft rental leasing and maintenance, servicing and spare parts.” The agency is expected to soon file a supplementary charge sheet in this case.

He has been in the UK since March 2016 and was arrested by the Scotland Yard on an extradition warrant on 18 April this year. The Central Bureau of Investigation is also probing into the IDBI loan fraud case.

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