The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday arrested real estate company Supertech's chairman and owner R K Arora on money-laundering charges, official sources told news agency PTI.
Arora was taken into custody under the criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), following a third round of his questioning at the federal agency's office here, they said.
Arora to be produced before a special PMLA court
He is expected to be produced before a special PMLA court on Wednesday, where the ED will seek his further remand.
The money-laundering case against the Supertech group, its directors and promoters stems from a clutch of FIRs registered by the police departments in Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
In April, the ED had attached assets worth more than ₹40 crore of the real estate group and its directors.
In a statement in April, the ED said the company and its directors indulged in a "criminal conspiracy" to cheat people by collecting funds from prospective buyers as advance against booked flats in their real estate projects and failed to adhere to the agreed obligation of providing the possession of the flats on time and thus, according to the FIRs, the firm "defrauded" the general public.
Funds "misappropriated and diverted"
The agency's probe revealed that the funds were collected by Supertech Limited and group companies from homebuyers. The company also took project-specific term loans from banks and financial institutions for the purpose of construction of projects or flats, the ED said.
However, these funds were "misappropriated and diverted" for buying land in the name of other group companies that was again pledged as collateral to borrow funds from banks and financial institutions, it added.
The Supertech group also "defaulted" on its payments to the banks and financial institutions and currently, around ₹1,500 crore of such loans have become non-performing asset (NPA), the agency had said
Supertech twin tower demolition
The Supertech twin towers were the tallest structures in India to undergo such action. With approximately 850 flats housed within the towers, situated near the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway in Sector 93A, their towering height of nearly 100 meters surpassed even that of the iconic Qutub Minar.
Watch the demolition video here: