Enforcement Directorate Arrests Two Former IL&FS Executives In PMLA Probe
The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday arrested two former executives in connection with its money laundering probe in the alleged financial irregularities case at the Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Group, officials said.
They said former joint managing director of the company Arun K Saha and managing director of transportation network K Ramchand were arrested late evening in Mumbai under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
These are the first arrests in this case by the Enforcement Directorate. The two will be produced before a special PMLA court in Mumbai on Thursday, officials said.
The central agency had filed a money laundering case in February this year and had twice raided a number of former executives in order to obtain additional evidence.
The debt crisis at the infrastructure lender came to light following a series of defaults by its group companies beginning September 2018.
IL&FS has defaulted on payment of loans to Small Industries Development Bank of India and along with its subsidiaries has a combined debt of over Rs 91,000 crore.
The agency’s case is based on an FIR filed before the Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police in December last year.
Ashish Begwani, Director of Enso Infrastructures (P) Ltd, had filed the case against officials of IL&FS Rail Ltd. for allegedly causing Rs 70 crore loss to his company by fraudulent means.
Begwani had alleged in his complaint that in August 2010, he was approached by two officials of IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd. and he had invested Rs 170 crore in IL&FS Rail Ltd., a special purpose vehicle for Gurugram Metro project, in order to take its 15 percent shares.