CBI books Kolkata firm for fraud

RP Infosystems Fraud CBI Files FIR Against Kolkata Based Company For Rs 515 Crore Scam

RP Infosystems Fraud

The premises of the company RP Info Systems in Kolkata are reportedly being searched.

Another bank fraud has broken with Canara Bank moving the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) with a complaint of fraudulent transactions worth Rs 515.15 crores against Kolkata-based R P Infosystem and its directors. The other member banks of the consortium had authorised Canara Bank to lodge the consolidated complaint, according to the FIR. "During 2013, IDBI Bank relinquished their position as consortium leader after the deliberations with RBI". It is alleged that loans were taken on the basis of false and fabricated documents.

Initially, the Diamond Huts had approached the bank in February 2012 but the Circle Office had kept the proposal in abeyance as the external risk rating of the borrower was downgraded from BB+ to B. The company was asked to submit a fresh proposal after obtaining the external risk rating based on the audited balance sheet of 2012.

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But in the FIR, the agency had only focussed on the exposure to IDBI bank which was over Rs 180 crore. In June previous year, Panja was reportedly booked along with his two colleagues and his company RP Infosystems for allegedly cheating IDBI Bank to the tune of Rs 180.44 crore. RP Info Systems has challenged CBI's chargesheet and has started to repay its lenders, Ray added. The CBI has filed first information report (FIR) against RP Infosystems and its directors, including Shivaji Panja.

In a statement, Canara Bank said: "Under the consortium arrangement of 17 banks, Canara Bank financed a working capital limit of ₹40 crore (4.69%)". Other lenders in the group are Allahabad Bank, Central Bank of India, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Union Bank of India, State Bank of India and private-sector Federal Bank.

Till March 2014, the firm showed its stock statement to Canara Bank showing the stock value at Rs 271 crore.

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"In spite of disubursement of the various amount pursuant to sanction of various credit facilities granted by the consortium member banks, the said company has failed and neglected to pay the dues of the consortium banks, reason for which the loan accounts became irregular in course of time and the loan accounts of the company have been classified as non-performing assets (NPA) by the consortium banks and financial institutions", the bank stated in the complaint. Ray and Panja previously had diverse business interests which included films, media and tea, besides computer hardware.

The complaint names Ray and his erstwhile partner Shivaji Panja among key officials of the company as responsible for the fraud.

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