‘Religare Gave Crores in Loans to Fraudulent Entities

: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police Probing alleged financial irregularities at Religare Enterprises has claimed that thousands of crores in loans were extended to “fraudulent” entities based on “one page” memorandums of understanding.

 Ina supplementary charge sheet filed recently in a local court, the agency claimed that “transactions were rotated in various entities in a single day to conceal detection of the final destination of the funds”.

The additional charge sheet names 16 companies and three individuals, including former Religare Enterprises group chief executive Maninder Singh, in the loan fraud case. Promoters Malvinder and Shivinder Mohan Singh had brought Maninder Singh to Religare since he was their close confidante the EOW claimed,

Maninder Singh had previously worked 27 years at Ranbaxy Laboratories, a company which the Singh brothers sold to Japan’s Daiichi Sankyo in 2008.

Maninder Singh was “well aware” that the entities to whom the loans were extended were not “credit worthy but he kept approving the loans” since the entities were linked to the Singh brothers, the agency alleged.

Others named in the charge sheet include an associate of the Singh brothers, NK Ghoushal. According to the charge sheet, Ghoushal told the EOW that his four companies were used as a “disbursement vehicle/facilitator to transfer the funds from one entity to another entity”.

He claimed that the rotation of funds was carried out since 2006, it said. Ghoushal had also divulged details of 11 stocks purchased/sold on behalf of the Religare management comprising the Singh brothers, the EOW said in its charge sheet.

The third individual named is Rajender Prasad Aggarwal. According to the charge sheet, Aggarwal, along with Ghoushal, facilitated the Singh brothers to divert money from Religare to the shell entities of his associates. This money was routed and re-routed through several entities before it finally reached the promoters’ company, RHC Holdings, the EOW said in the charge sheet.

The EOW’s charge sheet is also based on the final investigation report provided by market regulator securities and exchange board of India last December.

The EOW said the accused had ever greened unsecured working capital loans which were rotated via circuitous transaction through entities which existed on paper but had no business.

The “proposal to fund working capital of such entities was only a camouflage for the siphoning”, it said adding that loans were sanctioned when Religare Finevest, the group firm whose money was allegedly siphoned off, had not even received the request for funds.

Religare Finevest had filed a case alleging financial irregularities against its former management.

“The accused, holding key managerial positions, in conspiracy with each other, flouted all corporate governance norms and facilitated the accused to diver the amount of the public listed company to accused Malvinder and Shivinder Singh linked entities, thus causing wrongful loss to the complainant company “the EOW said.

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