Congress raises Winsome case of 'non-payment of bank loans worth ₹6,712 crore'

Winsome Group chairman Jatin Mehta and his wife fled the country, gave up their Indian citizenship on June 2, 2016 and settled down in St. Kitts and Nevis Federation.

Updated - March 02, 2018 06:33 pm IST

Published - March 01, 2018 09:40 pm IST - New Delhi

Jatin Mehta. Photo: Winsome Diamonds And Jewellery

Jatin Mehta. Photo: Winsome Diamonds And Jewellery

The Congress on Thursday raised the case of the Winsome Group chairman Jatin Mehta allegedly fleeing the country after non-payment of bank loans worth ₹6,712 crore.

Media in charge of the party Randeep Surjewala said the complaints in Mehta’s case were filed by banks to the CBI also to the Economic Offences Wing of the Mumbai Police in February 2014. The annual financial statement of Winsome Diamonds and Jewellery Limited (WDJL) for the financial year 2013-14 filed with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs too recorded these complaints.

The CBI lodged six FIRs in April 2017. Mehta and his wife fled the country, gave up their Indian citizenship on June 2, 2016 and settled down as citizens of the international tax haven St. Kitts and Nevis Federation.

 

Mr. Surjewala said Mehta imported gold based on letters of credit issued by Indian banks. Jewellery was exported to 13 entities in Dubai, who refused to pay back.

“Who is Jatin Mehta? Does the protection emanate on account of his close relationship with an industrial house close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi” Mr. Surjewala asked.

Mehta’s son is married to the daughter of industrialist Gautam Adani’s elder brother.

'Why govt. did not issue red corner notice?'

St Kitts has an Interpol office but still the government did not issue a red corner notice, said Mr. Surjewala. “How could the Home Ministry permit the renunciation of citizenship in the absence of appropriate police verification in view of pendancy of complaints with the CBI/ED [Enforcement Directorate] and other agencies, as also the declaration of loans of all his companies as non-performing assets?”

Mr. Surjewala said businessmen close to the BJP government were perfecting the “art of leaving”. “Modi [Nirav], Mehul [Choksi] and Mehta [Jatin] scammed and scrammed under the Modi government’s watch.

Though the Congress flagged up bank frauds, it did not support the privatisation of national banks, he said.

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