CBI files charge sheets against Ketan Parekh

“Rs. 250 cr. public money swindled”

New Delhi: The CBI on Monday filed three charge sheets against stock broker Ketan Parekh and six others, including former top executives of the Global Trust Bank for allegedly entering into a criminal conspiracy and swindling public money to the tune of Rs. 250 crore.

The charge sheets were filed against Parekh, Darmesh Doshi, Jatin S, Kirti Parekh, Kartik Parekh (all directors of companies held by Ketan Parekh) and chairman of the Singapore-based Brentfield Holdings T.L. Chandran.

Ramesh Gelli, the former chairman and managing director of GTB, which has now merged with the Oriental Bank of Commerce, and its executive director Sridhar Subasiri were also named in the charge sheet filed under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Prevention of the Corruption Act at a Mumbai court, CBI sources said here. The two together held 40 per cent of total shares of GTB.

According to the charge sheet, GTB bank officials allegedly entered into a conspiracy with Ketan Parekh and his associates by giving him temporary overdraft facility worth Rs. 250 crore without either seeking an application or collaterals or ascertaining the genuineness of “pay-in” requirements.

Under the “pay-in” requirements, banks give overdraft facility to registered brokers whose money is expected to come from customers who have been sold shares.

Part of these funds were used by Mr. Gelli and Mr. Subasiri to increase their stake in GTB by purchasing shares from foreign promoters. The CBI alleged that the money was also used for manipulation of the stock market by Ketan Parekh.

The second charge sheet pertains to the violation of the Reserve Bank of India’s “Group Exposure norm,” whereby no individual or company is given more than 50 per cent of the bank’s capital for overdraft facility.

In this case, the bank continued to provide the overdraft facility to Ketan Parekh. — PTI

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