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India's Federal Police File Case Against Former UCO Bank Chairman

FILE - Leaflets advertising loans are pictured inside a commercial branch of the UCO Bank in Mumbai.
FILE - Leaflets advertising loans are pictured inside a commercial branch of the UCO Bank in Mumbai.

India's federal police said Saturday that they had filed a case against a former chairman of state-run UCO Bank and several business executives alleging criminal conspiracy that caused a loss of 6.21 billion rupees ($95.17 million).

Police said officials at the bank had colluded with private infrastructure firm Era Engineering Infra Ltd. and investment banking firm Altius Finserve Pvt. Ltd. to siphon bank loans.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said in a statement that Arun Kaul, the bank's chairman from 2010 to 2015, had helped clear the loan.

Kaul did not respond to Reuters' calls for comment. Era Engineering and Altius Finserve did not respond to calls outside regular business hours.

The case revealed yet another case of alleged bank fraud in India since February, when two jewelry groups were accused of using nearly
$2 billion of fraudulent bank guarantees in what has been dubbed the biggest fraud in India's banking history.

That case put the banking sector under a cloud, with the CBI unearthing a string of other bank frauds since then.

In the UCO Bank case, it charged Kaul and several officials and accountants at the two companies with criminal conspiracy with intent to defraud the bank of about 6.21 billion rupees by diverting and siphoning loans, according to the

"The loan was not utilized for the sanctioned purpose and was secured by producing false end use certificates issued by the chartered accountant and by fabricating business data," the CBI said.

The offices of the companies, accountants and the residences of the accused are being searched, the CBI said.

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