Yes Bank scam: Kapil, Dheeraj Wadhwan in CBI custody

Yes Bank scam: Kapil Wadhawan, brother Dheeraj in CBI custody

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The CBI has taken custody of Wadhawan brothers, who have been named in the Yes Bank scam. 

The CBI took custody of Kapil Wadhawan, the promoter or DHFL and Dheeraj Wadhawan, the founder of RKW Developers Ltd, from a quarantine facility in Satara district.

It may be recalled, the two brothers – along with 21 other family members had gone from Khandala hill station in Pune to the cool climes of Mahabaleshwar in Satara, on April 9,  when the India lockdown was in force. 

A day earlier, additional director general of police Amitabh Gupta, who was principal secretary (home), had given them a written permission to travel in five vehicles. On reaching their bungalow in Mahabaleshwar,  the family saw protest after which the Satara police intervened. Immediately, they were sent into institutional quarantine at the twin hill-station of Panchgani.

However, the ED and CBI joined the probe. It needs to be mentioned that Uddhav Thackeray sent Gupta on compulsory leave and ordered a probe into his act. Deshmukh also said that the report of additional chief secretary Manoj Saunik is expected shortly.

When the institutional quarantine of the Wadhawans got over on April 22,  the Maharashtra government asked the CBI to take their custody.

Confirming the development, Deshmukh said: "A CBI team has taken both Kapil and Dhiraj Wadhawan into custody. The Satara has given them all required assistance, an escort vehicle with guards upto Mumbai on a written request."

Last week,  the Wadhawan brothers  through their lawyers said that they have been to Mahabaleshwar for health reasons.

"They were in Khandala alongwith their mother, aged 70 years, who has a multitude of health problems and their respective wives and children. Kapil Wadhawan, suffers from high blood pressure and had recently been hospitalised in JJ Hospital.

Dheeraj Wadhawan is also a heart patient and had undergone an emergency angioplasty in Switzerland in January, 2018 and was once again hospitalised between October 8, 2019 to November 5, 2019 for a severe lung infection, for which he also had to spend several days in the ICU to the knowledge of ED," the statement by Wadhawans said.