The accused persons in the Rs 11,344.40 crore PNB scam have told the CBI that they had no role to play. They are shifting the entire blame on retired bank official, Gokulnath Shetty, the CBI has said.
The CBI says that 3 out of the 5 persons who were arrested are not cooperating with the probe. They are behaving as though they had no role in monitoring the transactions relating to the Letters of Understanding, CBI officials said.
During the questioning of Yashwant Joshi, Bechu Tiwari and Praful Sawant, the CBI was told that it was Shetty who was working in the forex department of the PNB's Brady House branch. They said that they had no responsibility in monitoring the transactions on SWIFT.
They are clearly concealing a lot and are trying to shift the entire blame on Shetty, CBI sources told OneIndia. The CBI says that Tewari was clearly aware of what was going on and he was responsible for Shetty's work. Joshi on the other hand had to prepare daily reports of SWIFT. He is alleged to have not taken any action despite knowing about Shetty's actions, the officer said. Sawant on the other hand had not undertaken his responsibility despite being in charge of checking the SWIFT messages daily and report about the same, the officer also noted.
Meanwhile the questioning of several others will continue on Wednesday. The CBI has directed officials working for the prime accused Nirav Modi not to leave the country.