The economic offences wing of the Mumbai police has begun dual forensic audits in the four-year-old scam
involving the National Spot Exchange Ltd
It has started redoing the audit
of accounts and financial transactions on the one hand and has embarked on an audit
of all electronic records, including emails and servers, on the other.
The economic offences wing had conducted a forensic audit
earlier, but it is being done again with new inputs. Both audits are being corroborated for fresh leads.
“Investigations into the NSEL scam
have been strengthened. We have beefed up the team. We have also received new leads in the cases of six brokers, which are likely to generate fresh proof to take the case to its logical conclusion,” said a source in the economic offences wing.
The Financial Technologies-promoted spot commodity exchange NSEL suspended trading on July 31, 2013, and later all its 24 borrowers defaulted in repaying about Rs 5,600 crore. Around 13,000 investors lost their money in the process.
A case was lodged with the Mumbai police’s economic offences wing and was later converted into a multi-agency probe, including the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Enforcement Directorate, the Serious Fraud Investigation Office and the department of company affairs. Several cases are being heard in various courts across country.
The economic offences wing of the Mumbai police in May appointed HDFC Realty as a valuer for 46 properties over which no objections are pending and which can be auctioned after valuation. The first such auction is expected in two weeks, according to sources. Also shares, debentures, bonds and other assets have been attached by the economic offences wing.
The move raises hopes of affected investors beginning to receive their money by Diwali. The economic offences wing earlier this month held an open meeting with NSEL investors.
The police have filed three chargesheets and as the investigation proceeds further chargesheets will be filed. “We are taking coordinated action with all the agencies concerned. Periodic meetings are being held and the Union and state governments are pushing for resolution of the long pending case,” said an official.
The Maharashtra government has set up a task force to coordinate among government departments and ministries for speedy resolution of the case.
NSEL today proposed a plan to recover money from defaulters. “Joint effort shall be made involving the regulatory authorities, exchange and brokers
in adopting a common programme for recovery,” it said in a statement.