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PNB Fraud: CBI Questions Top Gitanjali Official

Modi, his family and Choksi had left the country in early January

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ED seizes Nirav Modi's valuables. Wikimedia Commons
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  • CBI starts interrogating Gitanjali officials
  • The interrogation was due to the PNB fraud
  • PNB is facing many multi-million frauds happening

The CBI on Tuesday began questioning the Vice President of Banking Operations of Mehul Choksi’s Gitanjali Group in connection with its ongoing probe into the multi-crore PNB fraud case, officials said.

Punjab National Bank has face multi-million dollars frauds this year.
Punjab National Bank has face multi-million dollars frauds this year.

“Vipul Chitalia was picked up for questioning,” a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official in Delhi told IANS. He said Chitalia was taken away from the Mumbai airport by the CBI, soon after he landed in the city from Bangkok.

Choksi, along with diamond jeweller Nirav Modi, has been accused of defrauding the Punjab National Bank of Rs 12,600 crore, including Rs 1,300 crore being added to the fraud kitty on February 26.

The CBI had filed the first FIR in the scam on February 14 against Nirav Modi, his wife Ami, brother Nishal, uncle Choksi and his firms Diamond R US, Solar Exports and Stellar Diamond.

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The PNB approached the CBI for a second time against another fraud. Pixabay

Modi, his family and Choksi had left the country in early January. The CBI filed a second FIR on February 15 for a Rs 4,886.72-crore fraud against Choksi’s Gitanjali Group.

Till date, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has carried out searches at over 198 locations across the country and seized properties worth nearly Rs 6,000 crore, while the CBI has arrested at least 18 persons in the case so far. IANS

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PNB says no “cash shortage” in its ATMs

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley sought to allay fears amidst reports of a cash crunch and empty ATMs in the country

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PNB: No cash shortage in ATMs. Wikimedia Commons

State-run Punjab National Bank (PNB) on Wednesday said there is no “cash shortage in its ATMs across the country.

“Overall, Punjab National Bank has not faced any cash shortage in its ATMs across the country and continue to function as usual,” the state-run lender said in a statement. “Out of 9,679 PNB ATMs, there is a 90 per cent availability of ATMs which is normal.”

PNB denies claims of cash shortage.

On Tuesday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley sought to allay fears amidst reports of a cash crunch and empty ATMs in the country by stating that “there is more than adequate currency in circulation”, even as the government blamed “unusual demand” for shortages in some areas.

Also Read: PNB scam: Additional Rs 1,300 cr fraud revealed

Besides, the central government announced that it has decided to increase printing of Rs 500 notes by five times. In addition, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said that it is “taking steps to move currency to areas” which have witnessed unusually large cash withdrawals.

“The shortage may be felt in some pockets largely due to logistical issues of replenishing ATMs frequently and the recalibration of ATMs being still underway. RBI is closely monitoring both these aspects,” the RBI had said in a statement on Tuesday. “Further, as a matter of abundant precaution, RBI is also taking steps to move currency to areas which are witnessing unusually large cash withdrawals.” IANS

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