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India seizes jeweler’s farmhouse, power plant after PNB fraud

Indian authorities said on Saturday they seized a farmhouse, a solar power plant and land belonging to billionaire jeweler Nirav Modi, at the center of an alleged $1.8 billion fraud against Punjab National Bank (PNBK.NS) that has shaken confidence in state lenders.
Modi, who had a chain of boutique stores from New York to Beijing, and his uncle Mehul Choksi are both accused of perpetrating the biggest loan fraud in Indian banking history and are both out of the country.
India’s Enforcement Directorate, which fights financial crimes, said on Twitter it had taken possession of 21 properties belonging to Modi worth 5.24 billion rupees ($81 million) in the latest swoop in Mumbai and Pune, another city in western India.
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Earlier in the week, the agency said it had seized luxury cars worth millions of rupees belonging to Modi and his firms in a case that has turned the spotlight again on India’s deep seated corruption problem.
Modi and Choksi are accused of colluding with employees of Punjab National Bank, the country’s second largest state lender, to fraudulently issue letters of undertaking over a seven year period which the businessmen used to obtain credit from overseas branches of Indian banks.
A lawyer for Modi has denied his client was involved in any fraud. Choksi’s firm, Gitanjali Gems (GTGM.NS), has also denied involvement in the alleged fraud.
At least a dozen people six from the bank and six more from Modi’s and Choksi’s companies have been arrested and the investigation is still continuing.

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