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CBI books ARSS Infrastructure for cheating Central Bank of India

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The CBI has booked infrastructure ARSS Infrastructure Private Limited for allegedly cheating of India of nearly Rs 62.41 crore in 2011, officials said.

On a complaint from the bank, the agency lodged an FIR against Sunil Agarwal, Soumendra Keshari Pattnaik, Shiv Kumar Singla, all directors of ARSS Damoh Hirapur Tolls Pvt Ltd, Subhash Agarwal, of and companies and ARSS Damoh Hirapur Tolls Pvt Ltd.

Sudarshan Raj, the then of Central of India, Janpath branch in Bhubaneswar has also been booked.

"...a contract work for construction of two lanes of State Highway-37 for a distance of 69.9 km between Damoh and Hirapur in was awarded to by Road Development Corporation Ltd on built, operate and transfer basis," the FIR alleged.

The had sanctioned a term loan of Rs 87 crore to ADHTPL for the said constructions work.

"The term loan was secured, inter alia, by personal guarantee of Subhash Agarwal, of AIPL and Sunil Agarwal, ..," it alleged.

A total sum of Rs 62.55 crore was disbursed by the said bank during the period from October 27, 2011 to May 2, 2013 for the purpose.

"However, even after disbursement of Rs 62.55 crore neither ADHTPL nor AIPL took any steps to execute the works as per targets given by MPRDCL. As the borrower company failed to achieve the milestones set out by MPRDCL, after giving due notice, MPRDCL terminated the concession agreement," it alleged.

The bank alleged that since the project was terminated, the funds should have been returned to it but they were diverted by the company.

"...the malafide intention of the accused persons is evident from the fact that on termination of contract they should have sold the equipment and purchased out of loan amount and should have deposited the sale proceeds in the loan account, as the same were hypothecated to the bank.," it alleged.

"On the contrary, they removed the equipment and the from the and shifted to unknown places without any intimation to the bank," the FIR alleged.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 18:20 IST