PNB fraud case: CBI registers fresh Rs 321 crore case against Nirav Modi


New Delhi: The CBI has registered a fresh case against Billionaire Jeweller Nirav Modi for causing a loss of Rs 321 crore to Punjab National Bank (PNB) by availing different credit facilities between 2013 and 2017.

According to a Central Bureau of Investigation official, the case was registered after the bureau received a fresh complaint from the PNB on March 4.

The CBI has named Modi, then president (finance) of his Firestar Diamonds International Ltd., Vipul Ambani, chief finance officer Ravi Gupta, other directors and officials of the company, and unidentified public servants of the bank. This is the second CBI FIR in which Modi has been named.

The bank has alleged in its complaint that its Brady Road branch in Mumbai had extended credit facilities to Firestar group between 2013 and 2017. It also alleged that the credit facilities were not used for the stated purpose – packing credit, guarantees etc. The head office of the bank had declared the accounts of Firestar Diamonds and Firestar International as fraud and reported it to the Reserve Bank of India on March 4.

The bank alleged that during its internal investigation, it spotted “circular transactions” between Modi promoted partnership firms – Solar Exports, Stellar Diamonds and Diamond R Us – and Firestar group of companies, also promoted by him.

Modi is already facing an FIR pertaining to over Rs 6,200 crore of alleged fraudulent letters of undertaking (LoUs) and Letters of credit (LCs) issued to his company by the PNB.  Modi and his uncle Mehul Choski promoter of Gitanjali group are accused in the issuance of LoUs and LCs worth $2 billion (approximately Rs 12,636 crore).

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