PMC Bank scam: Raut's wife repaid money after being summonedLast updated on Jan 15, 2021, 08:47 pm
Varsha Raut, the wife of Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, repaid Rs. 55 lakh that she took as an "interest-free" loan from the wife of an accused in the PMC Bank scam after she was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
She repaid the money using proceeds from the movie Thackeray, which her husband wrote and she co-produced, TOI reported on Friday.
What is the scam all about?
The PMC Bank scam pertains to loans given to realty developer Housing Development and Infrastructure Ltd (HDIL).
Through specially-created dummy accounts, the bank secretly loaned 73% of its total loan book size (Rs. 8,880 crore) to HDIL, despite non-payments. These transactions were allegedly hidden from Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) audits.
When the scam surfaced in 2019, RBI levied curbs on withdrawals.
Earlier, ED unearthed money trail leading to Varsha
As per ED, Pravin Raut, a director of HDIL's subsidiary Guruashish Constructions Private Limited, siphoned off Rs. 95 crore from PMC Bank in the name of the realty developer.
He gave his wife Madhuri Rs. 1.6 crore from the proceeds of the crime and she, in turn, transferred Rs. 55 lakh to Varsha in two installments, in December 2010 and in March 2011.
Varsha and Madhuri were partners in a company, revealed ED
Further, the central agency learned that Varsha and Madhuri were partners in Avani Construction.
As per ED, Varsha received Rs. 12 lakh from this company on a contribution of merely Rs. 5,625. This loan amount is still outstanding, a statement released on January 1 said.
On Monday, Varsha submitted documents to ED showing that the money taken from Madhuri has been repaid.
After skipping summons several times, Varsha recorded statement
After being served with summons four times, Varsha finally appeared before the agency on January 4.
She was again asked to appear with some case-related documents, that she sent through her relative. ED also asked Varsha to furnish details of companies, where she was a partner with Madhuri.
The money which Varsha received was allegedly spent on buying a flat in Dadar East, Mumbai.
ED assessing if Varsha needs to be called again
Now, ED will be probing the submitted documents and ascertain if Varsha needs to be called for another round of questioning.
A former Sena parliamentarian, whose association got Rs. 1 crore from the bank, is under the scanner of ED and so is another politician whose trust got Rs. 1,000 crore from HDIL.
This money was defrauded from PMC Bank.
BJP leader said Raut would still have to furnish details
Naturally, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took potshots at Sena after Varsha's name was linked to the scam.
Recently, after reports emerged that Varsha repaid the loan, BJP's Kirit Somaiya said Raut will have to give details of the money, nevertheless.
"Finally, Sanjay Raut Sahab had to return the money !! But you will also have to give details," he tweeted.
'Hisab to dena padega'
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"Now his wife has returned the Money" !! #PMCbank #HDIL #PravinRaut ....connection's
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