CBI questions 4 RBI officials in PNB Scam

The CBI on Thursday questioned four senior RBI officials, including three chief general managers, in connection with the multi-crore loan fraud involving diamantaire Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi.

Besides three chief general managers, a general manager-rank official was also questioned in connection with the over-Rs 13,000 crore scam in which the accused have defrauded the PNB.

The officers were asked about the suspected lapses in the statutory audit of the bank, owing to which it is claimed that the discrepancies in the issuance of Letters of Understanding and Letters of Credit were not detected.

CBI sources said the officials were also questioned in connection with the issuance of a notification allowing the relaxation in 80:20 gold import scheme, which the BJP claimed was done to give undue favours to Choksi's group of companies.

The CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) have registered multiple FIRs against Nirav, his wife, brother and Choksi in connection with the suspected fraud.

Nirav and others had left India in the first week of January and the ED has obtained non-bailable warrants against Nirav and Choksi.

Both Nirav and Modi had also evaded multiple summonses issued by the CBI citing that their passport has been revoked by the government and they could not travel to India.

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