Recently, the Rajasthan Police has arrested former chairman of SBI (State Bank of India), Pratip Chaudhuri, from his house in Delhi regarding a loan scam case that involved a hotel in Jaisalmer as reported by media.
The case is associated with properties that are owned by Godawan Group, which took a loan of Rs 24 crore from Pratip Chaudhuri in 2008, to build a hotel. As per reports, allegations that are levied against Pratip Chaudhuri are properties that are worth Rs 200 crores being sold for just Rs 24 crore after they were seized by the bank for not being able to repay the loan.
The properties owned by Godawean properties were reportedly sold to Alchemist Asset Reconstruction Company (ARC) in 2016 when the sitting chairman of SBI was Pratip Chaudhuri.
The market value of that property was estimated to be Rs 160 crore in 2017 as per reports. Godawan Group has gone to court after their properties were sold at such a lower valuation in the fraud cases.
Pratip Chaudhuri, former State Bank of India officer had joined ARC (Alchemist Asset Reconstruction Company) as the director after he retired from SBI. The current value of the property is Rs 200 crore. After the news, former SBI Deputy Managing Director through his tweet asserted,
Further, he questioned the arrest of Pratip Chaudhuri for the loan scam case stating,
The Bottom Line
Recently, the ex-chairman of SBI was arrested by the Rajasthan Police from his Delhi residence on the grounds of a loan scam case. It was seen that Pratip Chaudhuri who was the chairman of SBI in 2017, sold a property worth Rs 200 crore in just Rs 25 crore.