Congress leader and MP from Wayanad, Rahul Gandhi has alleged that 2, 426 companies "looted" people's savings to the tune of Rs 1.47 lakh crore, and asked whether the central government will investigate the matter and punish the guilty.
In his tweet in Hindi, Gandhi said, "As many as 2, 426 companies looted Rs 1.47 lakh crore of people's savings from banks. Will this government investigate this loot and punish the culprits? Or will it allow them to flee like Nirav and Lalit Modi?"
?Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 19, 2020
Rahul Gandhi's attack on the government comes after AIBEA (All India Bank Employees' Association) released a list of 2,426 companies that have been categorised as 'wilful defaulters' with dues amounting to an astonishing Rs 1.47 lakh crore. Top 33 of these wilful defaulters, who owe Rs 500 crore or more, have defaults adding up to Rs 32, 737 crore.
Mehul Choksi's Gitanjali Gems and Jatin Mehta's Winsome Diamonds and Jewellery are among the top 10 defaulters. The top 10 defaulters also include ABG Shipyards, Rei Agro and Ruchi Soya, as per the AIBEA list released to mark the 51st anniversary of the nationalisation of banks.
Economic offender Mehul Choksi's Gitanjali Gems has the largest single loan default to the tune of Rs 4,644 crore to the Punjab National Bank, a part of the banking scam that hit India in 2018.
Jatin Mehta-backed Winsome Diamonds and Jewellery owes Rs 1,390 crore to Central Bank of India, Rs 984 crore to Punjab National Bank and Rs 636 crore to Canara Bank. ABG Shipyard owes Rs 1, 875 crores to SBI; Ruchi Soya Industries owes Rs 1,618 crores to SBI; and the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines owes Rs 586 crores to SBI.
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