United Bank names Mehul Choksi, Gitanjali Jems as wilful defaulters

Mumbai: State-run United Bank of India on Thursday issued a public notice declaring Gitanjali Gems and its fugitive owner Mehul Choksi as wilful defaulters and sent them notices seeking repayment of Rs 332 crore dues.

Diamantaires Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi are the kingpins behind the nation's biggest banking fraud, came to be known as the PNB scam in February 2018.

They have defrauded the state-run bank of over Rs 13,000 crore through the Brady House branch at the tony Horniman Circle area in south Mumbai between 2011 and 2017.

According to the public notice, United Bank has declared the company and Choksi as willful defaulters effective June quarter. The notice was issued after the company failed to repay the dues despite several notices by it, the bank said.

Besides Choksi, his wife, Priti Choksi, and directors of Gitanjali Gems have also been given notices by the bank. United Bank had sanctioned Rs 331.85 crore in credit limit to Choksi's firm, which was into jewellery manufacturing and export.

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