New Delhi: Four Swiss bank accounts of beleaguered diamantaire Nirav Modi, the main accused in the $2-billion PNB fraud case, and his sister have been "frozen" by authorities in Switzerland as part of the criminal money laundering probe being conducted against them in India, official sources said.
The accounts currently, with deposits totalling ₹283.16 crore, were frozen on the request of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after it informed Switzerland authorities that the money kept in them were "proceeds of crime" of a bank fraud perpetrated by the duo.
The ED, they said, made the request to Swiss authorities sometime back and sent an official request under the criminal provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Official sources said while the accounts of Nirav Modi, the diamantaire under arrest in this case in London, have deposits of $3,74,11,596, the accounts in the name of his sister Purvi Modi has deposits of GBP 27,38,136. This totals around ₹283.16 crore. The central probe agency is expected to now make a move for the attachment of these bank accounts under the PMLA.
The ED along with the CBI are investigating Nirav Modi, his uncle Mehul Choksi and others for alleged money laundering and corruption to defraud PNB's Brady House branch in Mumbai to the tune of over ₹13,000 crore. The alleged scam was unearthed last year and Purvi Modi was also named as an accused by the ED in its chargesheet filed before a Mumbai court.
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