After FIR Against Kochhar, Officer Probing ICICI Bank Case Transferred
File Image of former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar. 

After FIR Against Kochhar, Officer Probing ICICI Bank Case Transferred

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Sudhanshu Dhar Mishra, the officer who had signed the CBI's FIR against former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar in a cheating case, has been transferred, news agency ANI reports.

Mishra, who was the SP of Banking and Securities Fraud Cell (BSFC) of CBI in Delhi, was transferred to its Economic Offences Branch in Ranchi according to a transfer order issued on 23 January 2019.

Kochhar's husband Deepak Kochhar and Videocon Group promoter Venugopal Dhoot were also named in the FIR in connection with alleged irregularities in the Rs 3,250 crore ICICI Bank-Videocon loan case.

After the FIR, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had taken a jibe at the investigating agency, calling its action an “investigative adventurism.”

The cheating case consists of allegations that on 26 August 2009, a loan of Rs 300 crore was sanctioned to a Mumbai based private company in contravention of the rules and policy by the sanctioning committee.

The allegations further say that Kochhar, then the MD and CEO of ICICI Bank, being the head of the sanctioning committee, abused her official position to sanction the loan in favour of the said Mumbai-based private company.

ANI further reports that Biswajit Das, SP, CBI Economic Offences Branch in Kolkata has replaced Mishra as the SP of Banking&Securities Fraud Cell of CBI, Delhi.

(With inputs from The Indian Express)

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