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Former Fortis promoter Shivinder Singh arrested in fraud case

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(Eds: Adding details ) New Delhi, Oct 10 (PTI) The Delhi Police on Thursday arrested former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Mohan Singh and three others for allegedly misappropriating funds of Religare Finvest Limited (RFL) to the tune of Rs 2,397 crore, officials said. Sunil Godhwani (58), the former Chairman and Managing Director of Religare Enterprises Limited (REL), Kavi Arora (48) and Anil Saxena, who also occupied important positions in REL and RFL, were also arrested by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police for allegedly diverting money and investing in other companies, they said. RFL is a subsidiary of the REL. Shivinder and his elder brother Malvinder were earlier the promoters of REL. Malvinder is absconding and a look out circular has been issued against him, the police said. The four were taken into custody after questioning, the police added. The EOW had registered an FIR in March after it received a complaint from Manpreet Singh Suri of the RFL against Shivinder, Godhwani and others alleging that loans were taken by him while managing that firm but the money was invested in other companies. According to police, the complainant stated that the four were having absolute control on REL and its subsidiaries. "They put RFL in poor financial condition by disbursing loans to companies having no financial standing and controlled by them. The companies to which loans were disbursed willfully defaulted in repayments and caused loss to RFL to the tune of Rs 2,397 crore," Additional Commissioner of Police (Economic Offences Wing) O P Mishra said. This was also pointed out and flagged during an independent audit by Reserve Bank of India and Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). "The alleged persons systematically siphoned and diverted money of general public in a clandestine manner for their own benefit," Mishra added. In August, the Enforcement Directorate raided multiple premises linked to Malvinder and Shivinder. The ED is also investigating alleged misappropriation of over Rs 2,397 crore funds in this case and is probing companies like Arch Finance Ltd and RHC limited. REL was controlled by the warring Singh brothers until February 2018. Post their exit from the board of REL, the boards of REL and RFL were re-constituted. The relationship between the Singh brothers, who were erstwhile promoters of Fortis and Ranbaxy, turned sour after allegations of fund diversion from the healthcare chain emerged apart from other charges of financial impropriety. Ranbaxy was established by their grandfather Bhai Mohan Singh. The ties aggravated further over payment of arbitration award to Japanese drug maker Daiichi Sankyo. Shivinder had offered to pay his share of the Rs 3,500 crore award to Daiichi Sankyo in a dispute related to the acquisition of Ranbaxy Laboratories. They sold Ranbaxy to Japanese firm Daiichi Sankyo in 2008 for around USD 4.6 billion. PTI SLB AMP PR ZMN

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