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Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal arrested by ED in alleged money laundering case

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ED on Friday arrested Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal in an alleged bank fraud-linked money laundering case.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday night arrested Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal in a money laundering case linked to an alleged bank fraud of ₹538 crore at the Canara Bank. Goyal was taken into custody under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) following a long session of questioning at the central agency’s office.

The 74-year-old founder is expected to be produced before a special PMLA court in Mumbai on Saturday where the ED will seek for his custodial remand, reported news agency PTI.

Earlier on July 20, the ED conducted raids on Goyal, his wife Anita, and his associates after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered an FIR against them based on the Canara bank’s complaint.

According to the FIR, the bank alleged that it sanctioned credit limits and loans to Jet Airways (India) Ltd (JIL) to the tune of ₹848.86 crore of which ₹538.62 crore is outstanding. Reportedly, the account was declared “fraud” on July 29, 2021.

The bank further alleged that the forensic audit of JIL showed that it paid “related companies” ₹1,410.41 crore out of the total commission expenses. According to reports, JIL had paid personal expenses such as salaries of staff, phone bills, and vehicle expenses among others of the Goyal family.

source by : Hindustan times

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