CBI arrests six individuals in reference to Rs 6,000 crore remittance rip-off in Bank of Baroda

The CBI on Wednesday arrested six individuals in reference to the Rs 6,000-crore overseas alternate remittance rip-off within the Bank of Baroda, which was detected in 2015, officers mentioned.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) additionally carried out searches at 14 places in reference to the case, they mentioned.

The company had filed a chargesheet within the Court of Special Judge on December 12, 2015, towards then AGM of the Bank of Baroda after which Forex officer of the financial institution, CBI spokesperson RC Joshi mentioned.

The CBI on Wednesday arrested six personal people –Tanuj Gulati, Ish Bhutani, Ujjwal Suri, Hunney Goel, Sahil Wadhwa and Rakesh Kumar– as a part of its ongoing probe within the case, the officers mentioned.

The company in 2015 had booked a number of officers of the financial institution and others for allegedly making remittances of over Rs 6000 crore to South-East Asian international locations by 59 present account holders from the Ashok Vihar department of Bank of Baroda within the garb of purported funds of “non-existent” imports, they mentioned.

CBI sources mentioned the company has discovered that the Ashok Vihar department was a comparatively new department which had permission to entertain Forex transactions solely in 2013.

They mentioned that Rs 6,000 crore was transferred via nearly 8,000 transactions finished between July 2014 and July 2015.

The quantity remitted in every transaction was stored at lower than USD 1 lakh.

“All the remittances were made to Hong Kong. The amount was remitted as advance for import and in most of the cases, the beneficiary was the same,” an official had mentioned after submitting of the FIR.

“Most of the foreign exchange-related transactions were carried out in newly opened current accounts wherein heavy cash receipts were observed but the branch did not generate an exceptional transaction report (ETR) and did not monitor the high value transactions,” the senior official had mentioned.

The sources mentioned these remittances had been despatched by splitting them into quantities beneath USD 1 lakh to keep away from computerized detection by software program utilized by banks to alert them about such transactions.

They mentioned in taxation language the approach is called smurfing and holders had been in a position to skip the scrutiny of such transactions.

The sources mentioned a lot of the 59 accused have been recognized by the company.

“It was revealed that most of the addresses given by the companies / firms were either false or the companies / firms did not exist at the said addresses. Most of the accused persons allegedly involved in perpetration of the said crime have been identified and their interrogation is underway,” the official had mentioned.