ED attaches property worth Rs110 crore in Karvy Stock Broking case
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday said that they have attached immovable and movable assets worth Rs 110 crore in the money laundering investigation against Karvy Stock Broking Ltd (KSBL), its Chairman Comandur Parthasarathy and others.
With the fresh attachments, the total now stands at Rs 2,095 crore.
In March, the ED had attached immovable and movable properties in the form of land, buildings and share holdings worth Rs 1,984 crore.
The probe agency initiated its investigation on the basis of FIRs filed by the CCS Police Station, Hyderabad Police, on the complaints of lending Banks who complained that the Karvy Group had availed large amounts of loans by illegally pledging their clients' shares worth about Rs 2,800 crore and the said loans became NPA after the release of the client's securities as per the orders of NSE and SEBI.
KSBL was one of the leading Stock Brokers in the country with millions of clients. The scam came to light after a limited purpose inspection of KSBL conducted by NSE in 2019 revealed that KSBL had not revealed a DP Account and credited the funds raised by pledging of client securities to six of its own bank accounts ("Stock Broker-own Account") instead of the "Stock Broker-Client Account".
The ED collected the audit conducted by NSE and the orders passed by SEBI and ROC against KSBL and the forensic audit reports of BDO India LLP.
In 2021, the ED conducted searches at nine locations. This year, Parathasarathy, and G. Hari Krishna, CFO, were arrested and were sent to judicial custody.
The agency said that the accused were evasive throughout the questioning.
According to ED investigation, KSBL had misused the Power of Attorney given by its clients and misused the same to illegally raise loans.
Shares of clients who did not owe any funds to KSBL had been transferred to the Pool Account of KSBL and were pledged with the banks by making misleading declaration of ownership.
"Share transfers were done from the client's accounts for which the KSBL's Sales Team claimed that they had taken clients' approval for stock lending through phone or orally, but there were no supporting documentary evidence," said an ED official.
Large amounts of proceeds of crime were 'invested' by the accused in the form of investments, short term advances, loans to group companies. This resulted in enhancement of the value of the subsidiary companies of KSBL.
"Now the accused were trying to sell these subsidiary businesses at a profit to yield indirect windfall gains to the main accused," the ED said.
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