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CBI files fresh case against Kapoor, wife, Avantha realty promoter

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CBI files fresh case against Kapoor wife Avantha realty promoter mainNew Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday said it has filed a fresh case against Yes Bank founder Rana Kapoor, his wife Bindu Kapoor and Avantha Realty Promoter Gautam Thapar in a fresh case involving the crisis-hit bank, officials said.

The CBI is also conducting searches at several locations in the national capital and Mumbai in connection with the fresh case.

A CBI official related to the probe in Delhi said the agency has registered a case against the couple for the bungalow deal at Amrita Shergill Marg and alleged bribe for relaxation in the realisation of loans worth over Rs 2,000 crore to Thapar’s companies.

The official said that the fresh case was filed after it was alleged that Kapoor conspired with other named accused to obtain illegal gratification in the form of a bungalow at 40 Amrita Shergill Marg in the national capital, a prime location in Lutyens’ Delhi, by paying only Rs 378 crore approximately through Bliss Abode Pvt Ltd, where his wife was one of the two directors.

The official said the said property was immediately thereafter mortgaged to India Bulls Housing Finance Ltd for a loan of Rs 685 crore.

“It was further alleged that much less consideration than the market value was paid to Avantha Realty Ltd for relaxation in other existing loans of Avantha Group of companies and for advancing new or additional loans to Avantha Group of companies,” the CBI official alleged.

The CBI official said the multiple teams of the central probe agency were carrying out searches at various locations in Delhi and Mumbai, including the residence of Kapoor, office premises of Bliss Abode Pvt Ltd, which is linked to Bindu Kapoor, IndiaBulls Housing Finance Ltd, and offices of Thapar linked firm Avantha Realty.

However, India Bulls Housing Finance Limited in a statement said, “CBI has not raided at any of the offices of IndiaBulls group. The CBI raids have happened on Yes bank or Rana Kapoor who have their offices in IndiaBulls Finance Centre complex in the capacity of a tenant.”

Amrita Shergill Marg is one of the prime areas of Delhi and sources said that the property was priced around Rs 450 crore. This is the second case filed by the CBI against the couple within a week following the Yes Bank crisis.

The CBI began a probe into short-term debentures of the DHFL in which Yes Bank invested Rs 3,700 crore from April to June 2018.

The probe is part of another investigation pertaining to Yes Bank’s purchase of debentures from DHFL against which the company was granted loans totalling Rs 600 crore against collateral security of around Rs 40 crore only.

The loan amount later turned into a non-performing asset. It was alleged that DHFL’s promoter Kapil Wadhawan simultaneously paid kickbacks totalling Rs 600 crore to the Kapoors in the form of a loan of a similar amount to DoIT Urban Ventures, a venture owned by Rana Kapoor’s daughters — Rakhee Kapoor Tandon, Roshni Kapoor and Radha Kapoor.

It was also alleged that Yes Bank did not initiate action to recover the loans extended to DHFL. The ED also registered a case of money laundering on the basis of the CBI FIR and arrested Rana Kapoor on Sunday morning.

One of his daughters was stopped from boarding a flight to London by Immigration Department officials at Mumbai airport. The ED had arrested Rana Kapoor on Sunday morning and he is currently under the ED custody till March 16.

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