CBI files chargesheet in LIC scam against Sharma, others

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Mumbai, Jan 31 (PTI) CBI today filed its firstchargesheet in one of the cases registered in the multi-crorekickbacks-for-loans scam against Maninder Singh Johar, aformer director of Central Bank of India, and three othersincluding alleged kingpin Rajesh Sharma, the Chairman of thefirm Money Matters''.

CBI, on November 24 last year, registered five casesand arrested LIC Housing Finance CEO Ramchandra Nair; NareshChopra, Secretary (Investment) LIC; R N Tayal, General Managerof Bank of India (Delhi); Maninder Singh Johar, Director ofCentral Bank of India; Venkoba Gujjal, Deputy GM of PunjabNational Bank (Delhi).

Rajesh Sharma and two other employees of Money Matters- Sanjay Sharma and Suresh Gattani - were also arrested.

The agency today filed chargesheet before a specialCBI court here against Johar, Rajesh, Sanjay and Gattani. Allthe four have been booked under various sections of IPC forconspiracy and fraud, and also under the Prevention ofCorruption Act.

According to CBI, Johar received Rs 30 lakh from MoneyMatters for providing undue favours to M/s Lavasa.

The agency contends that officials of the LIC and thebanks colluded with Sharma''s firm to sanction large loans tohousing firms, overriding mandatory pre-conditions. Theaccused were also engaged in gathering confidential businessinformation from financial institutions, the agency said.

CBI is likely to file chargesheets in the other fourcases soon.

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