Congress targets government over Rs 22,842 cr default case: What took CBI 5 years to file FIR

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A DAY after the CBI announced that it had booked a Gujarat-based shipbuilding company and its directors for fraudulent default of payment of Rs 22,842 crore, Congress on Sunday hit the government alleging that he was running a “booty”. and evasion” for bank fraudsters.

As Samajwadi party leader Akhilesh Yadav also targeted the government in a poll on Sunday, the ruling BJP hit back at the accusations, saying such loans were sanctioned when the UPA was in power while the government Modi went after the promoters of these frauds.

Claiming that ABG Shipyard’s liquidation proceedings began in 2017, Congress questioned why it took the CBI five years to file the FIR.

The CBI announced on Saturday that it has booked ABG Shipyard Ltd (ABGSL) and its former chairman and chief executive, Rishi Kamlesh Agarwal, along with then-executive director Santhanam Muthaswamy, directors Ashwini Kumar, Sushil Kumar Agarwal and Ravi Vimal Nevetia . Another company, ABG International Pvt Ltd, has also been indicted for criminal conspiracy, cheating, criminal breach of trust and abuse of official position.

During a press conference in Chandigarh, Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that the liquidation process of ABG Shipyard was initiated at NCLT, Ahmedabad in August 2017. In June 2019, a- he said, the ABG Shipyard loan and bank accounts were declared as “fraud”. and five months later, in November, the State Bank of India filed a complaint with the CBI for FIR registration against ABG Shipyard’s Rishi Agarwal and others. “Despite the apparent fraud and the swindling of public money, the CBI, SBI and the Modi government have continued to complicate the whole matter with bureaucratic wrangling and pushing cases,” he alleged.

Surjewala claimed that the SBI filed a second complaint with the CBI in August 2020. “The intriguing part is that in the complaint dated August 25, 2020, the SBI exonerated all the bankers,” he said. “Why did it take five years after ABG Shipyard liquidation proceedings to even file an FIR for duping 28 banks out of Rs 22,842 crore?…” he said. “Doesn’t this prove the complicity, collusion and connivance of those who sit at the highest echelons of power in the Modi government.”

BJP spokesman and Rajya Sabha member Syed Zafar Islam said Congress is attacking the government over the case, it’s like a thief blaming the cops for the crime. He said all these loans were made before 2014. Due process was followed and the BJP government identified the fraud, he said. “Congress is scaring him away. It was his government that organized the “telephone banking” scam with its senior officials forcing banks to sanction loans after accepting commissions from promoters.

Referring to the scam at a rally in Sikandararau in UP, SP leader Akhilesh Yadav said: “Whenever these major scams take place, people from a particular place are involved. In the scams, which had taken place earlier, a number of people came from this place.

ABGSL operates from Dahej and Surat shipyards in Gujarat. WITH PTI INPUTS

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