Pune, Jun 21: The Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of Pune police on Wednesday arrested six persons, including the present Chairman and Managing Director of Bank of Maharashtra Ravindra Marathe in a cheating case lodged against city-based real estate developer DS Kulkarni and his wife.
Among others those arrested are – Executive Director Rajendra Gupta, Zonal Manager Nityanand Deshpande, bank’s former CMD Sushil Muhnot, Kulkarni’s CA Sunil Ghatpande, and vice president Rajiv Newaskar of the engineering department of Kulkarni’s firm, DS Kulkarni Developers Ltd (DSKDL).
While Deshpande was arrested from Ahmedabad, Muhnot was picked up from Jaipur. All others were arrested from Pune, police were quoted as saying in a report. They were booked under various sections of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act.
“As part of our probe into the cheating case against Kulkarni, it came to light that these bank officials colluded with DSKDL by misusing their powers and authority with dishonest and fraudulent intention to sanction and disburse the amount under the garb of a loan,” said Sudhir Hiremath, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber and Economic Offences), told PTI.
In May, the city police had filed a 37,000-page charge-sheet against Kulkarni and his wife in the case.
As per the charge-sheet, the total scam is worth Rs 2,043.18 crore wherein the accused floated nine different firms to siphon off the funds collected from 33,000 investors and fixed-deposit holders who were promised good returns on their FDs.
Of the total scam amount, the deposit and loan fraud is to the tune of Rs 1,083.7 crore, banking and non-financial institutions-related fraud of Rs 711.36 crore, debentures fraud of Rs 111.35 crore and fraud related to Phursungi land purchase of Rs 136.77 crore, the EoW officials had said.
The police were probing the role of these bank officials for allegedly sanctioning loans to the builder without following due diligence.
According to the complaint filed with the EoW by one of the depositors, investors put in lakhs of rupees in a fixed-deposit scheme of the DSK Developers, but they neither received the interest nor the principal amount.
The EoW had booked the Kulkarnis under various sections of the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors (MPID) Act along with IPC sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 34 (common intention).
The developer and his wife were arrested from Delhi on February 17 this year by Pune police. With today’s arrest, the total number of arrests in the case has gone up to 12.
Kulkarni’s son Shirish’s pre-arrest bail application was rejected by the Supreme Court on June 19 and he is likely to be arrested in the case, the police said.
(Inputs from PTI)