ED Arrests Jet Airways Founder Naresh Goyal In Rs 538 Crore Alleged Bank Fraud Case
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday, arrested Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal in an alleged Rs 538 crore money laundering case linked to Canara Bank. Goyal was taken into custody under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), following a long session of questioning at the ED’s office in Mumbai. The 74-year-old will be produced before a special PMLA court in Mumbai on Saturday, where the ED will seek his custodial remand, PTI reported.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had filed a first information report (FIR) against Goyal, his wife Anita and some former company executives in connection with an alleged Rs 538 crore fraud case at Canara Bank.
The FIR was filed on the bank’s complaint that alleged it sanctioned credit limits and loans to Jet Airways (India) Ltd (JIL) to the tune of Rs 848.86 crore, of which Rs 538.62 crore is outstanding.
The CBI had said the account was declared “fraud” in July 2021. The bank alleged the forensic audit of JIL showed it paid “related companies” Rs 1,410.41 crore out of the total commission expenses, thus siphoning off funds from JIL.
The FIR said personal expenses such as salaries of staff, phone bills and vehicle expenses, among others, of the Goyal family were paid by JIL.
It surfaced during the forensic audit that funds were also siphoned off through Jet Lite (India) Ltd (JLL) by making advance and investing and subsequently writing off the same by making provisions. JIL allegedly diverted the funds for the subsidiary JLL in the form of loans and advances and investments extended, the report added.