ED Attaches Rs65.67 Crore Assets of Ghosh Brothers under PMLA
The enforcement directorate (ED) said on Monday that it has attached movable and immovable properties worth Rs65.67 crore belonging to the Ghosh Brothers group of companies and its promoters, directors Pranab Kumar Ghosh, Pratul Kumar Ghosh, Gita Rani Ghosh and others, in connection with a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) pertaining to bank loan fraud of Rs37 crore.
The ED had initiated a money laundering probe against Ghosh Brothers group of companies and its promoters and directors on the basis of an FIR (first information report) registered by the central bureau of investigation (CBI) wherein a charge-sheet was filed before the special judicial magistrate, Guwahati, under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), alleging that Ghosh Brothers Motors Pvt Ltd and its promoters and directors had defrauded IDBI bank to the tune of Rs37 crore.
"Five other FIRs lodged against various group companies of Ghosh Brothers group were taken on record for investigation as all the FIRs pertained to the same group and were connecting the same issue," said an ED official.
The ED learnt during the investigation that the promoters/directors of Ghosh Brothers group of companies had obtained loan from the IDBI Bank on the strength of false and fabricated documents in the name of various group companies to the tune Rs125.74 crore.
The loan proceeds were diverted using various accounts maintained in the name of different companies of Ghosh Brothers group with multiple banks. The proceeds were also diverted to the personal accounts of family members of Pranab Kumar Ghosh.
It was learnt during the probe that several movable and immovable properties were acquired out of the said proceeds of crime by the accused in their names as well as in the name of group companies.
After due process, properties worth Rs65.67 crore in the form of showrooms, residential flats, land and bank balances were identified and attached by the ED.
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