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A special PMLA court in Mumbai, extended Yes Bank founder Rana Kapoor’s ED custody till 20 March. (ANI)
A special PMLA court in Mumbai, extended Yes Bank founder Rana Kapoor’s ED custody till 20 March. (ANI)

ED steps up heat, summons top Yes Bank borrowers

  • ED has begun to loop in all major players in the wake of its probe into all of Yes’ past big borrowers
  • The probe agency to issue a second set of summonses to Anil Ambani, and to also call Naresh Goyal, Subhash Chandra to join the enquiry

NEW DELHI : As the probe around Yes Bank co-founder Rana Kapoor gathers momentum, the Enforcement Directorate is gearing up to summon top borrowers of the bank.

The probe agency is preparing to issue a second set of summonses to Reliance Group chairman Anil Ambani, and will also call Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal and Essel group chairman Subhash Chandra to join the enquiry.

Though the ED had asked Ambani to join the probe on Monday, the industrialist sought another date, citing health reasons. An e-mail requesting a response from the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group went unanswered.

A top ED official confirmed to Mint that “in the coming few days all major players—Anil Ambani, Naresh Goyal, Subhash Chandra, Peter Kerkar (director of Cox and Kings), Dheeraj and Kapil Wadhawan of DHFL and Sameer Gehlot of Indiabulls—will be summoned for questioning in connection with the Yes Bank probe."

The probe agency has begun to loop in all major players in the wake of its probe into all of Yes Bank’s past big borrowers and its bad loans.

The ED’s move to probe Ambani comes nearly a fortnight after finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman named the Anil Ambani Group, Essel, IL&FS, DHFL and Vodafone as being among stressed corporates that had borrowed money from Yes Bank.

ED, as well as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), are also probing alleged money laundering by Yes Bank co-founder Rana Kapoor, his wife Bindu Kapoor and daughters Roshini Kapoor, Rakhee Kapoor Tandon and Radha Kapoor Khanna.

The family has been accused of having received kickbacks to the tune of 600 crore for the firm controlled by them, from an entity linked to the scam-hit Dewan Housing Finance Ltd (DHFL).

A senior official familiar with the development said, on condition of anonymity, that the probe agencies were now going to investigate all “big companies" that had taken large loans from the bank.

“The money trail is going to be established and probe agencies will explore all bad debts of the bank and why these loans were sanctioned to begin with. There is no action to be taken against Anil Ambani. He has simply been summoned for the ED to investigate the matter further," the official said.

In their FIRs, both the probe agencies have named Rana Kapoor, his wife Bindu Kapoor who is the director of RAB Enterprises Pvt. Ltd and his daughters along with DHFL, Doit Urban Ventures India Pvt. Ltd, Morgan Credits Pvt. Ltd, Kapil Wadhawan who was the promoter of DHFL and Dheeraj Rajesh Kumar Wadhawan, the director of RKW developers Pvt Ltd.

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