Tightening its noose, the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Mumbai police, which is probing the Rs.5,600-crore payment crisis at the National Spot Exchange Ltd. (NSEL), on Friday issued lookout notices against promoter Jignesh Shah and others named in the case.

“We have issued lookout notices for Jignesh Shah and others and requested the bureau of immigration to ensure that they do not leave the country,” a senior police official said.

The investigators have already served summons to Mr. Shah and others directing them to appear before them for questioning.

The spot commodity bourse, promoted by Jignesh Shah-led Financial Technologies (FT), has been facing problems in settling Rs.5,600 crore dues of 148 members/brokers, representing 13,000 investor-clients, after it suspended trade on July 31 on government’s direction.

Meanwhile, the EOW had found half of the warehouses it raided empty, while four storage building of commodities existed only on paper, a police official said.

“During the raids, it has emerged that 30 of the about 60 warehouses our teams raided were found to be empty. This indicates that certain traders allegedly connived with the NSEL officials and did not deposit physical stocks in the warehouses for money they received from the investors,” the official told PTI.

“Another shocking thing is that four warehouses did not even exist, though they appear on documents seized from the NSEL and others,” the official added.

An FIR was filed on Monday by the EOW against Mr. Shah, Joseph Massey (Managing Director of MCX, another FTIL-promoted firm), other promoters, directors and defaulters charging them with cheating, forgery, breach of trust and criminal conspiracy, among others.

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